Kern River Valley

Snow closures lifted on I-5 and back on for 58

Snow closures lifted on I-5 and back on for 58 »Play Video
Interstate 5 over the grapevine was shut down Sat., Dec. 7, 2013 due to snow. (KBAK/KBFX photo by Jose Gaspar)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) -- Snow turning into ice caused several road closures, making driving hazardous especially in the higher elevations.

The California Highway Patrol shut down east bound Highway 58 at Tower Line Road and west bound was closed just west of Mojave at around 8:30 Saturday morning.  One hour later,  Interstate 5 was also shut down in both directions.  South bound drivers were being turned back at the Grapevine.

Joe Garza of Hanford and his family were on their way to the Glendale Galeria, but with both 58 and I-5 closed, Garza said there was nothing he could do but wait it out.

Then at around 1 p.m. the CHP opened Interstate 5 in both directions.  Highway 58 through Tehachapi was also reopened, but just three hours later, the highway was closed again because of ice and snow while restrictions for SR33 were lifted with the exception of chains being required between Wheeler Gorge and Lockwood Valley Road.

A Winter Weather Advisory issued by the National Weather Service was in effect until 10 p.m. for Kern County mountain areas above 1500 feet with snow expected to taper off in the evening. While a hard freeze warning was put into effect for the central and southern San Joaquin Valley through Tuesday morning.

SR14 was shut down due to an accident Saturday afternoon. The CHP said a high wind warning would be in effect until 7 p.m. The closure was between Hwy. 58 and SR395.  Trailers and high profile vehicles were advised to avoid the area until the wind advisory was cancelled.

Eyewitness News reporter Jose Gaspar and assignment editor Tammy Brown contributed to this report.