Winter weather: Grapevine, Hwy 58 open


    The Grapevine portion of Interstate 5 is seen following a snow closure Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Steve Mills)

    UPDATE: The Grapevine is open.

    Previous updates are below.

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    UPDATE (1:57 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21): Northbound traffic on the Grapevine is now being escorted by the CHP. Southbound traffic was previously allowed with CHP pacing.

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    UPDATE (1:27 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21): The CHP in Fort Tejon says it’s now escorting southbound traffic on the Grapevine.

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    UPDATE: Here's a live look at the closed I-5 over the Grapevine.


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    UPDATE (12:28 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21): The National Weather Service says a winter weather advisory is now in effect until 10 p.m. for the Kern County mountains above 2,000 feet, including Tehachapi and the Grapevine passes.

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    UPDATE (12:18 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21): The CHP says the Grapevine is closed because of snow.

    The north end of the closure is at Grapevine Road, Caltrans says. The southern end of the closure is at Parker Road in Castaic, according to Caltrans.


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    UPDATE (11:17 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21): The CHP says officers are running breaks on the Grapevine.

    State Route 223 is now also reopened following an earlier snow-related closure, Caltrans said.

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    UPDATE (11:04 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21): Caltrans says the CHP has stopped pacing on Hwy. 58. The highway is fully open.

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    UPDATE (10:31 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 21): Caltrans says Highway 58 through Tehachapi is back open. The California Highway Patrol is pacing on the highway through the pass, Caltrans said.

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    UPDATE (9:35 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21): Caltrans says snow is starting to stick again on the Grapevine, so the California Highway Patrol has resumed pacing.

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    BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Interstate 5 over the Grapevine remained open Thursday morning, but Highway 58 through Tehachapi was closed because of snow and unsafe driving conditions, according to Caltrans.

    A rash of school closures are also being blamed on the wintry weather. See the fully updated list of school closures HERE.

    The Grapevine portion of Interstate 5 is seen Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019. (KBAK/KBFX photo/Ally Triolo)


    “Any of your higher elevations, you’re going to have snowy roadway conditions,” California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Rodriguez told Eyewitness News.

    The CHP said there are several vehicles crashed on the 58, including a jackknifed big rig.

    “We want people to be, be prepared before heading out of town,” Rodriguez continued.

    Here's a look from Hwy. 58 and Towerline Road of the highway closure because of winter weather in the Tehachapi, Calif., area. This shot is from the Bakersfield side of the closure. (KBAK/KBFX photo)


    Eyewitness News weather anchor Aaron Perlman said Bakersfield should see lingering light rain showers until around 8 p.m. The Kern mountains should see snow flurries on and off until late afternoon.

    The high in Bakersfield on Thursday should reach 50.

    Mountain communities will drop into the 20s overnight.

    Then, expect a cold morning in the valley Friday, with a freeze warning issued by the National Weather Service.


    After Thursday, a very wet February turns dry. Perlman said he believes Thursday’s precipitation will be the last for the month.

    Bakersfield turns warmer next week, with daytime highs in the 60s.

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