Heavy snow forces closure of I-5 in both directions through Grapevine

LOS ANGELES – The Grapevine was closed in both directions on Monday after heavy snow fell on Interstate 5, causing dangerous driving conditions as a series of three storms began dumping rain across Southern California.

Several cars were stuck near Gorman, while extremely high winds resulted in multiple overturned big rigs, Caltrans officials reported.  As of 12:30 p.m., all lanes of I-5 were shut down until further notice.

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

In the meantime, 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.

The National Weather Service said snow was likely to fall in the area for several more hours.

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