There's finally some good news for holiday travelers who have been unable to drive on some of Southern California's most crucial freeways.
Officials were forced to close the Grapevine portion of the 5 Freeway since a Christmas Day storm dropped several inches of snow on the roadway, cutting the main connector between Southern California and the Central Valley.
The freeway has finally reopened after being closed from Parker Road in Castaic to Grapevine Road in Kern County, Caltrans said.
GRAPEVINE: I-5 is now OPEN with CHP escorting traffic over the pass. Please drive carefully and follow the lead CHP vehicle at a safe speed and distance. pic.twitter.com/D7OQi8xhji
— Caltrans District 6 (@CaltransDist6) December 27, 2019
Drivers will initially be escorted by California Highway Patrol vehicles.
Snow conditions also forced officials to keep the 15 Freeway closed between Baker and Primm, Nevada, for much of Friday morning.
Caltrans announced the roadway had reopened in both directions just after 9 a.m.
I-15 is now fully open at Mountain Pass between Baker and Primm. Both directions open. Enjoy and be safe everyone. Thank you for your patience.
— Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) December 27, 2019
The Cajon Pass portion of the freeway, which was also temporarily closed, was reopened on Thursday. That closure had caused miles-long backups, and drivers were stuck on the freeway for hours.
The 138 Freeway has reopened after being closed in both directions between the 15 Freeway and Angeles Crest Highway. Some 3 feet of snow fell in the Wrightwood area during this week’s storm, dumping on ski resort Mountain High.
Two other mountain roadways that were closed due to snow and ice also began to reopen Friday. State Route 33 north of Ojai reopened shortly after noon. And Angeles Crest Highway reopened from La Cañada Flintridge to Red Box Red, but remained closed to Islip Saddle.
Weather conditions have improved Friday, with sunny skies over most of the Southland.
Drivers should be aware that chains are still required for all mountain roads heading to the Big Bear area. Updated road conditions and chain requirements can be found here.