Update: Snow strands vehicles, causing accidents on I-5 north of L.A.

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Snow strands vehicles, causing accidents on I-5 north of L.A.

Los Angeles Times | January 2, 2011 | 7:20 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol reported numerous stranded vehicles and minor accidents along Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles late Sunday as falling snow and sleet shut down the Grapevine section of the freeway indefinitely.

Near Magic Mountain, there were reports of multiple cars stuck on the roadway, said CHP Officer Krystal Carter.

State highways 14 and 58 remained open as an alternative route between the San Joaquin Valley and Los Angeles. But officials said those roads were clogging up with traffic and should be avoided.

"The best bet, if you can, is to hunker down for the night" and avoid traveling through mountain areas, Carter said. "It's pretty bad…and it's going to get worse as the night progresses" and temperatures drop.

The I-5 closure stretched from near Castaic Lake, at the north end of the Santa Clarita Valley, over the mountains to the bottom of the Grapevine, south of Bakersfield. Carter said the road may not reopen until Monday.


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