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Grapevine closed by snow as cold storm moves into Southland

February 27, 2012 |  2:42 pm

Southland storm system closes Grapevine
The California Highway Patrol closed Interstate 5 through the Grapevine on Monday afternoon as light snow began falling on the mountain pass.

The closure came as a windy, cold storm system moved into Southern California, bringing the potential for hail and thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said.

It was unclear when the CHP would reopen the freeway, which was closed between Grapevine Road in Kern County and Parker Road in Castaic.

Showers are expected this afternoon and evening, with wind gusts possibly reaching 35 mph in the  afternoon, forecasters said.

Monday’s storm will be chilly, keeping temperatures in the 50s. In the San Bernardino County mountains, snow showers were expected, with about 8 inches of snow expected by Monday night.

Sunny skies were expected to return Tuesday, but the cold snap will continue, with highs in Los Angeles stuck in the 50s.

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Image: National Weather Service

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