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Cars caught in snow as California 58 shut down in Kern County

February 19, 2013 | 11:11 pm

Area where state route 58 was shutdown as snow fell.

The California Highway Patrol shut down a stretch of California 58 in Kern County on Tuesday night and was trying to remove a number of vehicles caught in dangerous conditions as snow was falling in the area.

It was unclear how many vehicles were caught in the snow, which began falling as a winter storm was hitting the region. Authorities began clearing the roadway after it was shut down near Towerline Road about 9 p.m.

"The freeway is just unsafe to pass on," CHP Officer Ed Smith said.

The agency said snow also was falling in the Palmdale area, and chains were required for roads in the San Bernardino Mountains.

The National Weather Service said that up to 10 inches of snow could fall at elevations above 4,000 feet and that the snow level could drop to as low as 2,000 feet.

Snowfalls, coupled with heavy winds, could reduce visibility to zero, according to the Weather Service.


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Image: Map shows the area where California 58 was shut down. Credit: Google Maps