CHP ends pacing along Grapevine for now after snowfall ends


(Courtesy of Caltrans)

FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Officials are no longer pacing along the 5 Freeway through the Grapevine after the snow has stopped falling, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Snow on the Grapevine

Light snow fell through the Grapevine from Frazier Park to Gorman, the CHP said early Wednesday.

Officers reported that light snow flurries fell through the Grapevine and was not sticking along the 5 Freeway from Highway 138 to Fort Tejon, as officials continue to pace the area, according to the CHP’s incident log just before 9 a.m.

Earlier in the morning, snow had stuck to the freeway for about an hour.

Caltrans advised motorists on State Route 33 to use chains from mile marker 48.5 to 38.93, CHP said.

Still image of a traffic camera on the 5 Freeway at Lebec. (Courtesy of Caltrans)

The CHP had warned that the 5 Freeway could close through the Grapevine Wednesday due to snow. The agency provided a map of alternative routes and urged drivers to check its Fort Tejon Twitter account for updates.

Forecasters expect heavy snow in the area, which is under a winter storm warning through 4 a.m. Friday. The warning applies to the Tejon Pass over the Grapevine, the Tehachapi Pass, Lake Isabella and the southern Sierra Nevada.

The National Weather Service said snow will likely trigger road closures.

“Travel will be extremely treacherous or nearly impossible,” NWS said.

Local Chain Conditions

  • Highway 41: Required 3 miles south of Coarsegold to Coarsegold and just north of Road 222 near Oakhurst to Yosemite National Park
  • Highway 168: Top of the Four Lane, 8.6 miles east of Prather, to 4 miles east of Shaver Lake
  • Highway 180: Required from 9.3 miles west of Highway 245 to Kings Canyon National Park
  • Highway 245: From Highway 180 JCT to Dry Creek Drive
  • Highway 49: Required from South End of the Chowchilla River to Mariposa County Line

Officials at Yosemite National Park announced Wednesday that Glacier Point and Tioga roads are closed for the winter season.

Our sister station KTLA in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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