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UPDATED Traffic & Weather: I-5, 14 now open

Posted: December 17, 2008 10:46 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2008 4:02 p.m.

Snow covered the southbound 14 freeway this morning forcing travelers to crawl through south Palmdale, Acton and Agua Dulce. The northbound 14 is closed from 6.6 miles south of Palmdale at Soledad Canyon to the Junction of 138 due to snow.

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UPDATED 4 p.m. Thursday:
Both Interstate 5 and Highway 14 are now open in both directions, according to Caltrans.

UPDATED 12:45 p.m. Thursday:
The I-5 is now open to northbound travelers. Traffic is moving freely through the cities of Santa Clarita and Valencia, said CHP Public Information Officer John Lutz.

Highway 14 is closed to southbound traffic from 6.6 miles south of Palmdale at Soledad Canyon to the Highway 138 junction due to snow.

The California Highway Patrol is pacing northbound traffic from 6.6 miles south of Palmdale at Soledad Canyon to the Highway 138 junction due to snow. Motorists are advised to drive with caution.

UPDATED 9:15 a.m. Thursday:
Today's weather forecast is sunny, with a high near 50 degrees and a light south wind, according to the National Weather Service.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 35 degrees and a light south southeast wind.

Although today's weather will be a bit warmer than last night, cold temperatures should return later tonight and the threat of frost will continue.

The I-5 remains closed in both directions from four miles north of Highway 126 at Lake Hughes north to the Los Angeles-Kern County line.

Highway 14 remains closed from 6.6 miles south of Palmdale at Soledad Canyon to the Highway 138 junction due to snow.

UPDATED 7:50 p.m. Wednesday:
Interstate 5 and Highway 14 remain closed due to snow and ice.

The I-5 is closed in both directions from four miles north of Highway 126 at Lake Hughes north to the Los Angeles-Kern County line.

Highway 14 is closed from 6.6 miles south of Palmdale at Soledad Canyon to the Highway 138 junction.

The closures will remain in effect "probably overnight," said Sgt. Rob Lund of the California Highway Patrol's Newhall station.

UPDATED 7:30 p.m. Wednesday:
A winter storm blasted into the Santa Clarita Valley on Wednesday, stranding 30 snowbound motorists, forcing closure of both major thoroughfares and blowing a helicopter over onto its mechanic, killing him.
CHP officers shut down Interstate 5 in the northern SCV at about 2 p.m.

"It just became too hazardous to move the motoring public though there," said CHP spokesman Officer John Lutz. "We don't want anyone becoming disabled."

Officers closed Highway 14 north of Santa Clarita at about 9.30 a.m. and it remained closed late Wednesday with heavy snow reported from Agua Dulce to Palmdale.

CHP escorted motorists on I-5 from four miles north of the Highway 126 junction at Lake Hughes Road to 25 miles south of Bakersfield at Laval Road due to snow.

At least 30 motorists diverted onto snow-covered side roads were stuck in snow on Sierra Highway on the east side of the valley at noon, the CHP Web site reported.

Among those stuck were a single female occupant of a car just east of Wallace Canyon Road on Sierra Highway and a father and daughter in a 1998 Gold Lexus on the same highway near Red Rover Mine Road.

Most of the CHP officers of the Newhall station were dispatched to the highway closure.

Motorists affected by traffic re-routed from the highway and the Interstate made city traffic heavier than usual, said a spokesman for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station.

Deputies also closed Valencia Boulevard between Creekside Road and Magic Mountain Parkway early Wednesday afternoon for about two hours to repair temporary metal plates that had shifted and caused a traffic hazard.

Rainfall was .08 of an inch Wednesday in Newhall, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Steven Van Horn.

He expected the snow level to drop to 1,500 feet Wednesday night with temperatures below freezing and a frost advisory in effect until 9 a.m. today.

"This rain, and the rainfall on Monday, are part of the same low-pressure system which is definitely the coldest we've had this year," Van Horn said.

"We have significant snowfall amounts in many areas especially the Antelope Valley," he said. "This is a big snow-fall event."

Snow and freezing temperatures in and around Placerita Canyon sent vehicles skidding off the road and caused minor injuries for some collision victims Wednesday.

One vehicle flipped over on Escondido Canyon Road - scene of a single-vehicle crash that killed one man Friday night - about four miles north of Highway 14.

The rollover caused only minor injuries but snarled traffic and created other chain-reaction traffic collisions, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Other collisions occured as CHP officers were closing down the highway.

Plunging temperatures overnight Tuesday created icy road conditions along Interstate 5 by Wednesday morning.

By 7 a.m., the storm, bringing heavy snow at times, caused white-out conditions on Highway 14 from Palmdale to Acton, prompting the California Highway Patrol shut it down in both directions from Soledad Canyon Road to Avenue S.

Skidding vehicles on the highway also prompted Department of Transportation snow plows and sand trucks to clear lanes from Pearblossom Highway to Avenue S in Palmdale.

Signal Online Editor Stephen K. Peeples contributed to this report.

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