Grapevine, Highway 58 reopen after snow closures

Grapevine, Highway 58 reopen after snow closures »Play Video
The Grapevine section of Interstate 5 is closed Wednesday morning, Feb. 20, 2013, at the base of the Grapevine in Kern County, Calif. The California Highway Patrol started opening the highway later in the morning after overnight snowfall. (KBAK-KBFX photo/Johnny Guillen)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The California Highway Patrol reopened major Kern County highways Wednesday morning following overnight snow closures.

The CHP had shut down traffic on the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 and on Highway 58 at State Route 223 late Tuesday and early Wednesday because of heavy snow.

A number of schools were closed in Kern County on Wednesday, as well.

CHP pacing on both directions of I-5 started around 9-10 a.m., followed shortly thereafter by pacing on Hwy. 58.

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I-5 was fully reopened just before 11 a.m.

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Several big rigs were reported to have jackknifed Tuesday night on snowy Kern County roads, as well as a number of vehicles stuck.

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Officers also closed traffic to Bear Mountain Boulevard at Towerline Road.

Chains were required late Tuesday on State Route 33 between Lockwood Valley Road and Wheeler Gorge in Ventura County.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, the CHP closed Tehachapi Willow Springs Road from Highline to Cameron.

Later in the evening, there were reports of rocks falling in the mouth of the Kern River Canyon on Highway 178. The rocks were said to be the size of tool boxes.

There were also reports of minor flooding late Tuesday on streets in Oildale and in downtown Bakersfield. Road crews put up barricades on 19th and 20th streets between L and M streets.