CASTAIC, Calif. (KTLA) — Authorities reopened the Grapevine Friday morning, 17 hours after snow from a cold winter storm shut down the roadway.
The California Highway Patrol closed the 40-mile stretch of Interstate 5 around 4 p.m. Thursday, stranding hundreds of motorists and backing up traffic for miles.
Officers began escorting traffic southbound around 8 a.m. Friday, and then re-opened the northbound lanes about an hour later.
The snow has been good news for skiers and snowboarders heading to the mountains.
In the Angeles National Forest, Mountain High Resort in Wrightwood reported three to five inches of snow on Thursday.
Running Springs in San Bernardino County recorded about four inches of snow, the National Weather Service said.
The Rim of the World School District canceled all classes on Friday due to inclement weather.
And the cold, wintry weather isn’t just in the mountains. Some communities in the High Desert got a dusting of powder on Thursday.
Elsewhere, forecasters said the cold snap will continue through the weekend, with temperatures about 10 to 15 degrees below normal.
Frost advisories and freeze watches have been issued for much of the Southland for both Friday and Saturday nights.
A wind advisory has been extended through 10 p.m. Friday for the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, as well as the L.A. County coast.
Gusts could reach 35 mph in coastal and valley areas, and 45-50 mph in the mountains and deserts, according to the NWS.