A Southern California’s historic winter storm closed the state’s largest freeway, Interstate 5, north of Los Angeles on Friday.
The Grapevine section of the freeway, which takes drivers through the mountains that separate Los Angeles from Kern County and Bakersfield, was closed Friday morning due to snow and poor visibility. By noon, more than a foot of snow had fallen on the higher elevations of the pass, according to CalTrans, the California Department of Transportation.
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“The brunt of the storm has yet to arrive,” Brian Humphrey, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, told the New York Times on Friday afternoon.
“Our concern is mainly the wind: that the ground will be saturated and we will have trees or other elements that could fall,” he added.
TEJON PASS, CA – FEBRUARY 23: Flurries of snow fall as tractor trailers and cars travel on Interstate 5 in the Tejon Pass along the Grapevine on Thursday, February 23, 2023 in Tejon Pass, CA.
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No timetable was given for when the freeway would reopen.
Los Angeles was placed under its first blizzard warning in years on Friday. It will last until 4 pm on Saturday. Snowfall is expected to reach up to 5 feet at elevations above 5,000 feet, according to the National Weather Service.
The area is also expected to experience historic rainfall over the weekend.
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The storm will be Southern California’s largest since the 1980s, according to ABC7 meteorologist Drew Tuma.