The main highway between Southern and Central California was shut Sunday in both directions as blowing snow and ice from another winter storm made driving conditions treacherous.
The Grapevine area of Interstate 5 was closed indefinitely around 1 p.m. after cars began sliding in lanes, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. No major crashes were reported.
Vehicles were being detoured onto routes 14 and 58 through Lancaster and Mojave, though snow was also falling there, Jacobs said.
Winds were gusting to 90 miles in mountain areas and snow was accumulating at elevations as low as 1,500 feet. Between four and eight inches was expected in some areas. Forecasters said six inches was likely in Lancaster and at other spots on the Antelope Valley floor, which is about 2,300 feet above sea level.
By midafternoon, heavy snow made driving difficult in the Santa Clarita area, and steady rain had moved across the coastal plains and valleys.
More than an inch of rain was expected in the Los Angeles area through Monday, with temperatures dipping into the 40s.
It's the latest in a series of winter storms that saturated Southern California for much of December.
It is currently 40 degrees with heavy rain and wind here at the Bank of Kev compound. It has yet to snow here in the 10 years I have lived at the compound. As before, this storm with its wind and rain has an energy to it and so much so its snowing at the Eaton Ranch in Castaic.
Ahhhh very good times indeed.