Snow Shuts Down Major Highway For Hours

SAN DIEGO (January 11, 2013)--The California Highway Patrol Friday partially reopened a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles that was closed for many hours because of snow.

The CHP began escorting southbound motorists through the high mountain pass Friday morning, but northbound lanes were still closed.

Blowing snow forced a shutdown of the key north-south highway at 4 p.m. Thursday, forcing hundreds of truckers to pull over and spend the night in their cabs.

California is in the grip of a cold snap that's expected to last through the weekend.

Morning temperatures fell into the 20s and 30s in many areas, and much lower in the mountains.

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