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Rain, snow force road closures

Cold front passes, but showers may remain through tonight

Posted: February 17, 2009 1:03 a.m.
Updated: February 17, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Cars pile up before exiting at Parker Road in Castaic, Monday morning. Road closures prevented anyone from traveling northbound on Interstate 5.

A storm splashed almost an inch of rain on the Santa Clarita Valley by 5 p.m. Monday, forcing closure of Interstate 5 north of frosty Castaic for more than 12 hours.

Cold air hovered over the valley Monday keeping temperatures below 50 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

"The cold front is past us and all that's left is some scattered showers until Tuesday night," said National Weather Service meteorologist Todd Hall.

The chance of heavier precipitation rises tonight, but the weather service isn't sure how much, Hall said.

Heavy snow at higher elevations prompted the California Highway Patrol to shut down 50 miles of Interstate 5 through the Grapevine at 3:24 a.m. Monday, Officer David Porter said.

CHP officers closed northbound side of I-5 at Parker Road, Porter said. The southbound lanes closed at Grapevine Road.

The Grapevine section of I-5 reopened at 4 p.m. with CHP escorts in both directions, according to a California Highway Patrol official.

CHP planned to continue escorts until weather conditions improved, Nunez said. The CHP told motorists to check the CHP Web site before traveling through the Grapevine to make sure the road wasn't closed again.

"There is more precipitation expected and temperatures will drop overnight, which could mean more snow and road closures," Nunez said.


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