Stormy weekend weather brought snow, sleet, hail, and ice to low elevation roads, including Interstate 5 through the Grapevine, leading to several crashes and a long closure of the freeway. Snow and ice near the Nevada state line also lead to crashes, resulting in a closure of the 15. The crashes and subsequent freeway closures reinforce the dangers of winter driving in higher elevations.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) was proactive about the incoming storm, advising motorists that the I-5 could remain open if drivers remained vigilant and drove an appropriate speed for the conditions. However, it only took a few hours for numerous crashes in the Grapevine area to occur, resulting in the freeway closure. Traffic through the Tejon Pass was blocked for about 17 hours.
Southern Californians heading home after a holiday weekend in Las Vegas were also impeded by the weather. Caltrans closed the 15 freeway for nearly four hours Monday morning at the Nevada-California border after numerous incidents stemming from icy road conditions.
With more snow and ice possible in higher elevations this week, be sure to plan any drives well in advance. If you can avoid driving in bad weather, you should. If you can’t avoid driving in bad weather, allow for extra time to reach your destination.
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