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Grapevine on I-5, I-15 near California-Nevada border reopened

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Posted at 7:03 AM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 14:20:04-05

UPDATE (11 a.m.): Caltrans reopened the Grapevine on Interstate 5, with CHP officers escorting traffic through the pass.

Caltrans also reopened the Mountain Pass between Baker and Primm on Interstate 15, near the California-Nevada border.


LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The stretch of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles known as the Grapevine remained closed Friday morning, even as a strong winter storm that dumped more than two inches of rain in parts of Southern California moved out.

The Golden State (5) Freeway was off limits to all drivers between Parker Road in Castaic and Grapevine Road in Kern County, according to Caltrans. It was unclear when the road might reopen.

Rainfall totals included 2.91 inches in Pasadena, 2.2 inches in Woodland Hills, 2.06 inches in Northridge and Van Nuys, 1.93 inches in Pomona, 1.84 inches at Long Beach Airport, 1.82 inches in Sandberg, 1.66 inches in Saugus, 1.65 inches in Culver City, 1.57 inches in Burbank, 1.51 inches in Chatsworth and 1.46 inches at Los Angeles International Airport, according to the National Weather Service.

Hundreds of travelers were stranded for hours at the Cajon Pass in the Mojave Desert as a result of snowy conditions.

The pass was reopened about 2:15 p.m. Farther north on Interstate 15, the freeway was closed in both directions between Baker and Primm -- across the Nevada state line -- because of icy conditions and multiple crashes, causing motorists heading to and from Las Vegas to make other plans, according to Caltrans.

Another storm was forecast to bring rain to Southern California on Monday.