SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A winter storm could wreak havoc on holiday travel and shut down the main artery connecting Northern and Southern California on Christmas Eve.
The National Weather Service issued a warning to holiday travelers on the Tejon Pass through the Grapevine for Thursday and Friday.READ MORE: UPDATE: Air Attack, Calming Winds Aid Firefighters Battling Wildfire Near Big Sur; Containment Grows To 25 Percent
Rain, ice, snow and winter conditions on Interstate 5 through the Grapevine could create travel problems.READ MORE: PG&E Still Restoring Power to Over 2,000 Customers in East Bay
“The combination of snow and wind will lead to very hazardous conditions for anyone venturing into the mountains,” warned the NWS statement. “Roads will be icy and road closures are a strong possibility.”
“Even just an inch of snow will wreak havoc on the Grapevine,” said NWS meteorologist Dave Bruno.MORE NEWS: San Francisco Bay Area Tops Average Gas Price Per Gallon in the U.S.
Snow levels will start around 5000 feet Thursday, lowering to near 2000 feet by Friday morning impacting the Grapevine, Tehachapi Pass and Walker Pass.