KERN COUNTY, Calif. (KERO) — UPDATE (1:09 PM): Caltrans says I-5 has been reopened in both directions without a CHP escort after snow and ice closed the roadway.
UPDATE (12:29 PM): Caltrans says northbound I-5 has reopened without a CHP escort but CHP is escorting drivers to the summit on southbound I-5.
UPDATE (12:11 PM): Caltrans is reporting that Hwy. 58 over the Tehachapi Pass is now open in both directions without a CHP escort. Caltrans advises caution due to snow still falling in the mountains.
UPDATE (11:59 AM): The CHP says it has started escorting traffic on I-5 in both directions. The CHP has also been escorting traffic over the Tehachapi Pass on Hwy. 58.
UPDATE (10:36 AM): The CHP says it has started escorting westbound traffic on Hwy. 58 over the Tehachapi Pass. Eastbound traffic on Hwy. 58 will start being escorted shortly, according to CHP. There is currently no estimated time when I-5 will reopen.
UPDATE (8:45 AM): According to Caltrans, crews are plowing the road and Hwy. 58 may reopen about noon Wednesday.
UPDATE (8:10 AM): Caltrans reports that I-5 is closed in both directions due to snow and ice. The closures start at Grapevine Road and northbound I-5 at Parker Road. Other road closures reported by Caltrans include: Hwy. 58, Hwy. 33, and Hwy. 138.
UPDATE (6:10 AM): The California Highway Patrol is escorting drivers over the Grapevine on I-5 in both directions due to snow sticking to the road. Hwy. 58 is also closed in both directions from Tehachapi-Willow Springs Rd from Backus Rd to Highland Rd.
Several roads in Kern County have been closed due to snow and ice from Tuesday's winter storm.
UPDATE (11:07 PM) According to California City Police and CHP, Highway 58 is closed from Mojave to Towerline road in Bakersfield due to snow and icy conditions.
UPDATE (4:42 PM): According to Kern County Road Closures, Tehachapi-Willow Springs Rd from Backus Rd to Highland Rd is closed. In addition, Water Canyon Rd is closed from Highland to the end. Finally, Oak Creek Rd is closed from the cement plant to Tehachapi-Willow Springs Rd.
Latest Traffic Conditions
As snow continues to fall in parts of the county, drivers are encouraged to take it slow and be aware of ice and slick road conditions.