5 Freeway Fully Reopens Through Grapevine After Heavy Snow Forced Closures Thanksgiving Day

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Both sides of the 5 Freeway along the Grapevine were reopened hours after heavy snow forced two full closures Thanksgiving Day.

California Highway Patrol again closed down all lanes of the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine at about 8 p.m. before reopening both sides about two hours later.

The second closure came after reports of cars getting stuck during heavy snowfall, and just five hours after officers had started letting motorists through after heavy snow forced a 4:30 a.m. closure of the freeway, which connects Los Angeles County and San Joaquin Valley.

Many motorists had just hit the road for the holiday and video showed traffic backed up for miles.

The Grapevine was forecast to see 3 to 6 inches of snow.

Snow levels were expected to drop as low as 2,500 feet in some areas of Southern California.

Most mountain areas will receive about 6 to 12 inches of snow through Friday, according to the National Weather Service. The San Gabriel Mountains could see 1 to 2 feet of snow.

High Desert communities were also dumped with snow on Thanksgiving. That includes the Palmdale and Lancaster areas, which received an amount of snow forecasters said they haven't seen since 2011.

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