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Storm brings snow, causes shutdown of I-5 in Grapevine

January 10, 2013 | 10:11 pm

Snow in Wrightwood
Three to five inches of snow blanketed Southern California mountains Thursday as a winter storm brought strong winds and cold temperatures that are expected to last through the weekend, forecasters said.

Heavy snow fell on Interstate 5 and forced authorities to shut down the major artery in the Grapevine area between Gorman and Frazier Mountain Park Road, the California Highway Patrol said. 

Traffic was backed up for miles Thursday evening, officials said, adding that all vehicles were finally cleared from the closed area around 9 p.m. The interstate was expected to remain closed at least through Friday morning.

In the Angeles National Forest, Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood reported three to five inches of snow, the National Weather Service said. Running Springs in San Bernardino County recorded about four inches of snow.

Photos: Cold front settles in Southland

The weather service said low pressure would create temperatures below freezing in valley and mountain areas. 

Along the coast, a mix of high tides and strong winds Friday morning could cause minor flooding in low-lying areas, officials said. 


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Photo: Fontana residents J.C. Portugal, 20, and Samantha Rocha, 19, have a snow fight at Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood, where three to five inches of snow was reported Thursday. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times