Traffic and weather: Grapevine now open, crashes on windy Hwy 58
UPDATE (6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14): The Grapevine is open.
UPDATE (4:45 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14): Northbound I-5 over the Grapevine remains closed at Parker Road in Castaic. But CHP is releasing six to seven vehicles that were stuck. The vehicles are being released to avoid any further collisions.
UPDATE (1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14): Eyewitness News Meteorologist Miles Muzio said this stronger-than-anticipated storm brought cooling to the Frazier Park area, where 5 inches of snow fell. Cooling at the I-5 summit came with heavy, wet snow.
The band of precipitation is moving northeast, and, by 3 p.m., we should see improvement.
Expect a break overnight, but the next storm is due Tuesday.
Previous updates on this winter storm are below.
UPDATE (12:20 p.m., Monday, Jan. 14): The California Highway Patrol at Fort Tejon said both directions of the Grapevine are currently closed. The officer wasn’t able to provide an estimate for when they will have the freeway back open.
The CHP also said Highway 58 is still experiencing extremely high winds, and multiple big rigs have toppled over due to the wind.
UPDATE (noon, Monday, Jan. 14): Caltrans said southbound Interstate 5 is temporarily closed at Grapevine Road because of crashes.
However, the CHP is no longer pacing on the northbound side of the Grapevine. Snow plows are still being used to keep the freeway clear.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – A semitruck crashed onto its side Monday morning on eastbound Highway 58 near General Beale Road, east of Bakersfield.
Eastbound traffic is still moving in the area.
Meanwhile, a rollover crash on westbound Hwy. 58 near Highway 223 had traffic at a standstill.
The California Highway Patrol hasn’t said what caused the crashes, but Kern County is dealing with strong winds and wet, snowy weather over the mountain passes.
Eyewitness News meteorologist Miles Muzio said a wind advisory has been issued for the area. He said gusts of 35-50 mph will persist through midday.
Caltrans said snow is starting to stick on the Grapevine, and the CHP is pacing between Gorman and the summit. Expect delays, according to Caltrans.
More on this winter weather can be found on the Eyewitness News forecast page or below from The Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The first in a series of Pacific storms is moving across Southern California, where downpours could unleash mud and debris flows from large wildfire burn scars.
A flood advisory is in effect Monday morning for western Los Angeles County and neighboring Ventura County, and the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for a wide area including parts of San Diego, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
In Riverside County, a mandatory evacuation has been ordered for a dozen areas around the burn scar of the Holy Fire, which erupted last August in Holy Jim Canyon.