BAKERSFIELD (CBS SF) — New Year’s Eve was a traffic nightmare for drivers hoping to get to or from Southern California on California’s main artery.

All lanes were closed for several hours in both directions of Interstate 5 in the Grapevine area north of Los Angeles because of snow.

At about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Caltrans District 6 tweeted, “The Grapevine has re-opened with CHP escorting traffic. Drive with care and patience. Happy New Year!”

Overnight, the California Highway Patrol escorted motorists through the snow on both northbound and southbound lanes.

The National Weather Service says between 3 and 6 inches of snow are forecast for the Grapevine and other high areas in Kern County.

Meantime, in San Diego County, officials with the Department of Public Works say several streets have been closed because of flooding.

Southern California is capping off the year with rain and snow as the second of two weekend storms moved through Saturday.

Comments (22)
  1. Hope this puts a least a dent into the drought situation.

  2. sharpeagle says:

    It probably will not help. It still takes water, and energy. It will help in that the water is reused, (I am guessing). Energy takes resources also, Water is one of them. It is a neat idea and may prove to be very viable. I hope so.

  3. Geri Robel says:

    It’s global warming out of control, if we don’t change our ways earth will soon be covered with glaciers.

    1. Geri
      I can easily see that you are just another brain dead liberal kook. FYI snotflake, this closing of I-5 on the Grapevine for snow is an annual event that happens several times a year and has been happening, more or less, during the 66 years that I have been alive, long before the pseudo-science/religion of global climate change became a household word. Congratulations for listing your name on the list of the truly stupid people in this world. Perhaps if you actually lived in the area you would know that.

    2. David Barry says:

      LOL. You don’t know what you are talking about.

  4. There exists a theory that the IQ of the people who drove straight into a major winter storm on the Grapevine is notably less than that of the general population.

  5. Grizz Mann says:

    This is not Global Cooling. It is Global Warming. Al Gore would not allow the changing of terms. His fortune rests on Global Warming. Without Global Warming these anomalies would much worse.

  6. On the road up ahead you see a sign. CAUTION! You Are Entering the Hockey Stick Zone.

  7. We need a global cooling summit. Bring coal and Kerosene to burn