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Interstate 5 reopens after 'bomb cyclone' closure

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Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 20:17:15-05

ASHLAND, Ore. (AP) — The northbound lanes of Interstate 5 have reopened heading from Redding, California all the way to the Oregon border.

California transportation officials said Wednesday the freeway was clear and no chains are required.

I-5 was closed in both directions near the California-Oregon border Tuesday, stranding hundreds of people.

Drivers reported being stuck for hours in white-out conditions and some even spent the night in their cars.

The storm -- called a “bomb cyclone” -- came ashore near Brookings, Oregon late Tuesday afternoon packing heavy snow and winds gusting up to 106 mph (170 kmh).

The southbound lanes reopened at Ashland, Oregon early Wednesday.

Don Anderson, deputy director of the California Department of Transportation in Redding, says Caltrans and many other agencies worked hard to communicate the seriousness of the storm but that many drivers were still caught by surprise.