Caltrans reopens 5 Freeway after snow prompts closure overnight

Tractor trailers on a snowy freeway
Trucks drive through blowing snow on the 5 Freeway in Gorman.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

Snowfall late Monday evening prompted Caltrans to close stretches of the 5 Freeway and State Route 58 in Kern and northern Los Angeles counties.

About 9 p.m., Caltrans said it had closed the 5 Freeway to northbound traffic at Parker Road in Castaic and to southbound traffic in the Kern County community of Grapevine, a roughly 40-mile stretch. The agency said it was working to clear the roadway.

By 5 a.m. Tuesday, officials had reopened the freeway with escorts from the California Highway Patrol.


Caltrans also closed State Route 58 between Towerline Road and State Route 14 on Monday night. The agency said snow and fog had caused “traffic incidents” along the stretch of highway near Tehachapi.

The National Weather Service had warned earlier Monday that rainstorms in Kern County could turn to snow as they moved over the Antelope Valley, dumping snow on State Routes 14 and 138.