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Snow forces closure of Interstate 5 over the Grapevine

April 13, 2012 | 11:30 pm

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The California Highway Patrol on Friday night closed Interstate 5 through the Grapevine because of snow flurries and snow sticking to the roadway.

The snow was falling heavily enough that snowplows could not keep up, authorities said. Area residents were being allowed through, but the CHP's website warned: "Snow is deep on roadway ... residents can try to get home but may get stuck."

All lanes of the freeway were closed at Parker Road near Castaic at 10:35 p.m. and at Highway 138 near Gorman, according to CHP Officer Patrick Kimball.

Vehicles heading both north and southbound were being turned around at the closures to be sent back in the direction they came.

There was no indication of when the CHP would reopen the freeway.

Snow fell throughout the day in the Southern California mountains, often reaching the 4,000-foot level. The National Weather Service said snow will remain a possibility overnight in the mountains, as will scattered thunderstorms at lower elevations.

-- Hailey Branson-Potts

Photo: Mojeeh Joy Sadeghpour, a teacher from Santa Monica, walks through Frazier Park in a heavy snowfall Friday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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