BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Another storm is set to bring potentially dangerous conditions and gridlock for motorists and travelers Wednesday in Kern County.
Wednesday morning’s winter blast caused Highway 58 and I-5 over the Grapevine to close due to heavy snow, strong winds and white out conditions. Highway 178 was also closed due to rocks in the road.
Caltrans said Wednesday morning they anticipate Highway 58 will remain closed all day Wednesday. There was no estimate for reopening the road.
Icy roads have caused multiple semi trucks to get stuck just south of the base of the Grapevine, leaving truck drivers to temporarily abandon their big rigs until weather conditions clear.
Late Tuesday, a full closure was in place for Highway 178 at the mouth of the canyon because of a rockslide. Large rocks were in the roadway and it’s possible the closure last for a few days, according to CHP.
A portion of Highway 33 in western Kern County remained closed Wednesday after a portion was reportedly “not passable,” according to CHP’s Traffic Information Page. The closure was in place between Lokern Road and Lerdo Highway.
CHP advises travelers to slow down when roads are slick and to keep distance between vehicles in front of you.
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