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Interstate 5 over Grapevine reopens after snow, ice prompt closure

The California Highway Patrol reopened Interstate 5 over the Grapevine on Thursday after snow and ice forced a two-hour closure.

The agency announced via Twitter shortly before 9:30 a.m. that the freeway was again open to traffic, and officers were escorting vehicles.

The closure came about 7:30 a.m., about 90 minutes after officers began pacing traffic across the snow-slickened freeway.

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.

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