The 5 Freeway along the Grapevine has reopened after an hours-long closure due to snowy conditions, according to Caltrans officials.
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The freeway closed just before 10 a.m., officials said. Traffic was diverted at Parker Road in Los Angeles County until reopening about 1:30 p.m., according to Caltrans.'
California Highway Patrol officials were escorting vehicles along the roads at slow speeds.
Up to 7 inches of snow was expected in areas above 1,500 feet, according to the National Weather Service, with heavier snowfall beginning Saturday morning.
Gusts up to 50 miles per hour were expected through mountain passes around the Grapevine, weather officials said.