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Grapevine closed by snow and ice; cold front hits Southern California

January 10, 2013 |  4:34 pm

The California Highway Patrol has shut down Interstate 5 through the Grapevine because of snow as Southern California was hit by a cold front.

The announcement came at 4 p.m., with the CHP saying the northbound lanes were closed at Parker Road. The southbound lanes were closed at Grapevine Road.

The Grapevine was closed earlier this morning because of snow and ice.

A cold front from Canada settled in Southern California on Thursday, bringing snow flurries and low temperatures that forecasters said should stick around for days.

Temperatures were expected to stay in the 50s across much of the region on Thursday, warming slightly throughout the day but staying chilly, said meteorologist Cathy Hoxsie of the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

The front also brought strong winds and scattered rain showers; snow levels were predicted to drop as low as 2,000 feet.

Coastal areas of Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties could see strong winds, high water levels and the first king tides of the year through Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood advisory for the beaches, with high tides expected to reach more than 7 feet in some areas. Tides are expected to peak on Friday morning, with west-facing beaches hit the hardest.

“We expect that the tides are going to be almost the highest that we are going to expect in 2013,” said Robert Balfour, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in San Diego.

Coastal residents and businesses could see king tides through Saturday, which occur when the “gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are in alignment,” according to the California King Tides Initiative.

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