Snowfall in the Grapevine: A wonderful sight, but not on the roads

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People in our local mountain communities are seeing a lot of snow and it’s leaving behind some beautiful scenery but, that’s not the only thing the snow has left behind, causing traffic trouble in places like Tehachapi and Frazier Park

Motorists traveling across the Grapevine experienced an extra long commute this morning.

“Since very early this morning, I’m here, sitting and waiting,” said Esther Hefetes, a San Fernando Valley resident traveling to the Pine Mountain Club area. 

The California Highway Patrol shut down all lanes on the I-5 northbound and southbound for nearly four hours beginning around 9:30 a.m.., to respond to several accidents in the area and remove snow and ice from the roadways.

The snow came as a surprise not only for drivers but for residents of the community. Snow was only forecasted in the higher elevations. 

“I wasn’t expecting this going down to L.A., they always say it never rains in Southern California and it doesn’t, it snows,” said Brandon Johnson, East Bay resident.

The CHP opened up Interstate 5 both northbound and southbound lanes over the Grapevine around two this afternoon. CHP does remind drivers to drive with extra care when there’s bad weather. 

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