Grapevine Reopens After Heavy Snow Fall Forced Closure of 5 Freeway in Both Directions

The Grapevine was slowly starting to move Monday evening after heavy snow fell on the 5 Freeway, causing a shutdown in both directions earlier in the day.

The northbound lanes of the freeway were reopened around 6:30 p.m., with the southbound lanes following shortly after, Caltrans officials said.

Earlier in the day, several cars were stuck near Gorman, while extremely high winds resulted in multiple overturned big rigs, Caltrans officials reported.  All lanes of the 5 Freeway were shut down from northbound Parker Road and southbound at Grapevine Road around 12:30 p.m.

State Route 33 was also closed between Wheeler Gorge Campground and Route 166.

Snow plows and other equipment were being brought in to work on clearing the snow from the freeway, officials said.

Around 4 p.m., the California Highway Patrol began releasing cars that were stuck in the closure on the northbound side of the freeway.

Officials urged the public to avoid the Grapevine if possible.

For those who must be on the roadways, Caltrans officials suggested motorists to travel with first-aid kits, blankets, flashlights, snacks and water.

 

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