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Major thoroughfares shut down by weather

December 17, 2008 8:03:43 AM PST
CHP has shut down Interstate 5 through the Grapevine, Route 14 and Interstate 15 due to icy, snowy roads, and a winter storm warning is in effect.Blizzard-like conditions shut down the Interstate 15 through the Cajon Pass for the second time this week. Vehicles were diverted off the I-15 to the 138 Fwy.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, drivers were able to travel through the Cajon Pass, but as conditions worsened, the California Highway Patrol was forced to completely shut down the freeway at about 9 a.m.

"The roads up here are pretty treacherous," said CHP Officer Chuck Murray.

But while snow is a pitfall for most drivers, those heading up to ski resorts are excited about the storm.

"It's beautiful, can't beat this," said driver Leo Gonzalez. "One day I'm surfing, the next day I'm up here," he said with a laugh.

Snow started falling at about 4:15 a.m. in Palmdale Wednesday.

The California Highway Patrol shut down Highway 14 from Sand Canyon in Canyon Country to Avenue S in Palmdale due to dangerous driving conditions. The area may get between 4 to 8 inches of snow.

Road closures
Estimated time for reopening these routes is unknown and dependent on improved weather conditions

  • Antelope Valley Freeway (SR-14) in both directions from Soledad Canyon Road to Palmdale Boulevard
  • State Route 18 at State Route 138
  • Route 138 at Largo Vista Road, both directions
  • Interstate 15 is closed from Highland Ave. in Rancho Cucamonga to I-395 junction in Hesperia, and from Route 127 to the Nevada State Line
  • Golden State Freeway (Interstate 5) is closed from 4 miles north of the Route 126 junction at Lake Hughes Road, through the Grapevine to L.A. County Line

Check the Calif. Dept. of Transportation for further details.

Check here for a list of School Closures

Trucker Dave Sheley said he tries to maintain a safe following distance and prays the four-wheelers will do the same.

"The road changes a lot. The conditions, you got ice and snow and slush and rain, and you just never know when it's changing, or when you're going to hit a patch of ice," Sheley said.

Caltrans crews have been doing their part by spreading cinder to keep the roads from icing up.


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