Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Interstate 5 over the Grapevine reopens after closure [Updated]

High winds, low temperatures and snow in some mountain areas forced closure of Interstate 5 over the Grapevine on Thursday morning as forecasters warned of gusts of up to 50 mph in parts of Southern California.

[Update at 10:45 a.m.: As of 9:30 a.m., lanes in both directions of Interstate 5 were reopened to traffic.]

Shortly after 7:30 a.m., the California Highway Patrol closed the southbound lanes of Interstate 5, and then about 8:15 a.m. shut down the northbound lanes at Vista del Lago.

"We've got icy roadway, hail, snow, black ice. You name it, it's up there," said CHP Officer Robert Rodriguez.

Officers were called out on about 20 crashes on the northern slope of the Grapevine early Thursday, including one in which a car ran into the back of a big rig, Rodriguez said. One motorist suffered moderate injuries.

The National Weather Service was forecasting winds of 20 to 30 mph, with gusts of up to 50 mph at the beaches and in some mountain areas in Ventura County and western Los Angeles County through Thursday night.

A departing low-pressure system and arriving high-pressure system were to blame for abnormally cold conditions  and strong winds, said Bill Hoffer, spokesman for the Oxnard office of the Weather Service.

-- Sam Quinones

Photo: Northbound Interstate 5 is gridlocked as inclement weather conditions shut down parts of the freeway Thursday morning. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


Comments () | Archives (1)

" one in which a car ran into the back of a big rig", shows the driver was driving too close and dangerously behind a big rig. If only these idiots can keep a certain distance from other vehicles, all these kinds of accidents wouldn't have happened.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Please send to newstips@latimes.com
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: