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Ice, snow on freeway force closure of Interstate 8 in Alpine area

Posted: 4:40 AM, Feb 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-22 19:16:47Z
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UPDATE (10:50 a.m.): Westbound I-8 has reopened, according to Caltrans.

UPDATE (9:28 a.m.): Caltrans says eastbound I-8 has reopened.


SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Snow and ice from a cold winter storm forced the closure of a stretch of Interstate 8 in the Alpine area on Friday morning.

According to Caltrans, the eastbound side of I-8 at East Willows Road was completely shut down because of the road conditions. The California Highway Patrol said traffic was being diverted off East Willows Road and back onto West Willows Road.

All lanes of westbound I-8 at In-Ko-Pah were also closed due to the ice and snow on the roadway. Traffic is being turned away at Imperial Highway, CHP officials said.

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Crews were in the area to lay sand on the roadway, with snow plows also on hand to help remove ice and snow on the asphalt.

10News cameras were rolling as a big rig truck and school bus drove over the icy road on I-8 and spun out. Watch the video here .