Snow, crashes, falling trees shut down Southern California freeways

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Posted at 3:21 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 23:25:47-05

(KGTV) - Interstates 5 and 15 shut down in both directions Thursday due to snow falling in low elevations, just two of the weather-related problems on Southern California freeways amid a cold winter storm.

In the Grapevine, Fort Tejon-based California Highway Patrol officers escorted traffic through the mountain pass on I-5 north of Los Angeles.

Officers stopped all drivers about noon while snowplows cleared lanes of the freeway.

Interstate 5 reopened to traffic two hours later, but limited speeds to 25 miles an hour.

At the California-Nevada state line, California Highway Patrol officials shut down traffic between Baker and Nipton from noon until about 3 p.m. due to multiple crashes.

One of the crashes involved a woman who was flown to a Las Vegas hospital after falling from a moving big rig, Nevada Highway Patrol officials said.

Twitter photos showed the normally dry and brown landscape south of Primm covered in snow.

Lower elevations are also feeling the punch of the storm.

The southbound lanes of Interstate 405 closed at Burbank Boulevard Thursday afternoon when a eucalyptus tree fell on the freeway. The fallen tree contributed to a crash involving three vehicles.

San Bernardino County also reported several weather-related traffic closures.