Wild weather closes several roads in Kern Co.

Posted at 12:09 AM, Dec 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-23 03:09:13-05

Another storm means more road closures for Kern County.

Heavy rain caused rockslides along HWY 178 forcing CHP to close the road for safety reasons.

Conditions so bad that CHP says one of their patrol cars was hit by rocks coming down and drivers stuck in the traffic were frustrated. Highway 178 will remain closed until Caltrans and CHP determine it’s safe to reopen.

In the Mojave Desert, winds of up to 80 miles per hour knocked down more than 15 semi-trucks, leaving them rolled over on HWY 14. Those rollovers closed the road for several hours.

There was a wind advisory in place warning drivers that conditions would be bad but officials and drivers said it was worse than they expected.

On HWY 58 it was a similar story as crews closed the roads for all high profile vehicles. That closure ending just before 5pm Tuesday night.

Just 5 miles north of the 58 near Caliente there were mudslides and reports of vehicles stuck on Bealeville Road. CHP says only two vehicles were stuck, but the mud closed the road for several hours while crews cleaned up.