Many minor car accidents and stranded vehicles were reported along Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles into late Sunday due to snow and sleet, causing the Grapevine to shut-down. Many cars were reported stuck along the road close to Magic Mountain, said a CHP officer. As an alternative route, state highways 14 and 58 remained open to traffic from San Joaquin Valley to Los Angeles, however officers warned those side routes were clogging up quickly and should be avoided.
“The best bet, if you can, is to hunker down for the night” and avoid traveling through mountain areas, Carter said. “It’s pretty bad…and it’s going to get worse as the night progresses and temperatures drop,” said the CHP officer. The extent of I-5 shut-down included the section from Castaic Lake, located in the north side of the Santa Clarita Valley, through the mountains and ending at the bottom of the Grapevine, south of Bakersfield. The road would reportedly not open until sometime Monday, according to the LA Times.
The CHP was concerning overnight on Sunday about rescuing stranded motorists. Problems continued throughout the night in areas of the Cajon Pass of San Bernardino County, and CHP escorted many cars along I-15 from the I-215 interchange to Hesperia. Las Vegas weekend travelers experienced especially difficult traffic.
As a Los Angeles car accident lawyer, I hope everyone heals quickly and the storm clears up soon so drivers may have a safe commute.