Winter Storm Causes Headaches for Drivers

The Grapevine north of Los Angeles was closed by snow and low visibility

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    NEWSLETTERS

    A powerful winter storm dumped a large amount of snow and rain on Southern California Friday morning causing delays and closures for travelers.

    California Highway Patrol closed traffic along northbound Interstate 5 at Castaic due to snow and low visibility.

    I-5 Closed at Grapevine

    [DGO] I-5 Closed at Grapevine
    CHP shuts Interstate 5 along the Grapevine for travelers heading north and south on Friday, March 8, 2013. NBC's Tena Ezzeddine reports. (Published Friday, Mar 8, 2013)

    Several big rigs were stuck along the major north-south truck route between Los Angeles and  Central California.

    There was no estimate on when the Grapevine section of the freeway will reopen, according to the California Highway Patrol.

    Traffic Accidents Cause Delays

    [DGO] Traffic Accidents Cause Delays
    NBC 7's Brandi Powell reports on travel in Encinitas on Friday, March 8. (Published Friday, Mar 8, 2013)

    Check Interactive Traffic Map

    In San Diego County, a big rig crash blocked the 47th off-ramp along northbound Interstate 805 early Friday.

    Jodi Kodesh's Morning Forecast for Friday Mar. 8, 2013

    [DGO] Jodi Kodesh's Morning Forecast for Friday Mar. 8, 2013
    Jodi Kodesh's Morning Forecast for Friday Mar. 8, 2013 (Published Friday, Mar 8, 2013)

    Just before 2 a.m., a Quality Towing tow truck lost control on the wet roads and crashed into the guardrail, flipping over.

    The driver was trapped inside for about 30 minutes until firefighters arrived to cut off the windshield to free him. He was rushed to an area hospital.

    Around 4:30 a.m., there was another crash along northbound I-805. An overturned box truck was on its side when it was hit by another car. The exit lane for 43rd Street was blocked. 

    There was another report that the on-ramp to southbound Interstate 15 from Friars Road was closed due to a crash and flooding.

    A Fed Ex big rig, jackknifed on northbound I-5 just south of Via de la Valle before 6 a.m.