Snow closes I-5 north of Los Angeles as storms continue

| Monday, January 03, 2005

Snow stopped all traffic on Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles as storms continued to batter parts of California.

According to the California Department of Transportation Web site, roughly 50 miles of the highway, one of the largest north-south routes in the state, was closed all day Monday, Jan. 3. Traffic from the north is stopped at a point about 25 miles south of Bakersfield, and traffic from the south has been halted just a few miles north of Santa Clarita.

Weather forecasts called for snow in the area of the closure through the rest of Monday as well as Tuesday, Jan. 4. After a brief lull Wednesday, snow showers are predicted to pick up again Thursday and Friday, Jan. 6 and 7.

Last week, I-80 was closed through Donner Pass due to snow. And before that, some highways were closed in the Los Angeles area due to massive rains.

Forecasters predict continued snow in the Donner Pass area through this week, although Monday, I-80 remained open through the pass.

Meanwhile, heavy rain was continuing to hit Los Angeles, with The Associated Press reporting that floodwaters had closed parts of the Long Beach Freeway at the Pacific Coast Highway.

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