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CHP warns drivers of rain causing safety, visibility issues here in Kern County

Posted at 10:58 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:08:19-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The rain has been causing issues for drivers traveling in and out of Kern County.

CHP is warning drivers of the dangers of black ice, and here in Bakersfield, the rain is bringing visibility issues with it.

Since this Thursday evening, it has been raining nonstop throughout Kern County, and in some places, there has even been flooding. The storm that we are experiencing has also impacted major highways causing closures and delays, where some drivers share it was quite an annoyance.

"It was really hard and it was slippery and I hydroplaned a few times, but I am still alive," said Nicole, a driver 23ABC was able to talk to.

Nicole was making the trip on Interstate 5 during the heavy rains and closures Thursday. She says she is making her way to L.A. and was prepared for a difficult ride.

Heavy rainfall covered the major highways Thursday night, but that wasn't the only issue. Around 2:30 p.m. California Highway Patrol announced that all northbound lanes of State Route 99 would be redirected to I5 at the split, due to sand pushed in the lane from the winds, which CHP expressed concerns.

"Visibility is a big one and traction problems. Yesterday there was a couple of round-out situations on Stockdale Highway and the I5. When it kicks up the dust it makes real dangerous," said Richard Anthes, public information officer for Ft. Tejon CHP.

As the storms continue CHP says they are closely monitoring other areas for flooding and possible closures like the Grapevine.

"We have been talking a lot about the Grapevine and we are anticipating more snow, and sustaining snow, so watch it closely. It's not the snow that makes us close it, it's when it freezes over and becomes icy."

Again CHP says they are seeing a lot of cars spin out and hydroplane so they want to remind drivers if you are going to be out to drive slowly.