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5 Freeway closed in both directions at Grapevine due to snow, freezing conditions

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CASTAIC, Calif. (KABC) —

Snow and freezing conditions caused the 5 Freeway in the Grapevine to close in both directions, Caltrans said Sunday.

Caltrans tweeted news of the closure shortly before 8 p.m., stating that it was working with California Highway Patrol officers to clear the highway.

CHP Officer Nathan Krackey said some vehicles were stuck in areas that were closed.

“We also have some vehicles that are stuck in snow spots and they’re trying to plow some of the roads and get some sand down to get those opened,” he said. “We don’t have an ETA on when it’s going to open yet, but hopefully soon.”

Temperatures hovered in the mid- to upper 30s in the Castaic area, where the northbound part of the closure happened.

The closure comes after a storm moved through the region, bringing bouts of steady and moderate rain to the Southland amid cold conditions. Earlier in the day, there were reports of black ice on the roadway.

Around 4 p.m., snow began sticking to the ground and CHP paced the area.

More rain and snow are expected to hit the Southland starting Tuesday and it will be off and on throughout the week and into the weekend.

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