Storm is expected to bring rain and snow to SoCal, threatening the closure of Grapevine

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Storm is expected to bring rain and snow to SoCal, threatening the closure of Grapevine

SANTA CLARITA, California – A storm moving through Southland from northern California was expected to bring rain and snow on Thursday, with officials warning of delays or even a shutdown by the Grapevine.

Mountain passes could see several inches of snow at snow levels as low as about 3,500 feet.

Traveling on mountain roads, including Highway 5, could become difficult, if not impossible, as the Christmas and Thanksgiving storms proved.

A storm on Christmas Day caused the Grapevine to shutdown for more than 36 hours, leaving drivers stranded and many sleeping in their vehicles overnight.

The Grapevine closed twice during Thanksgiving when the heavy snow made driving conditions on the main artery dangerous.

Wind warnings are in effect at higher altitudes until 4:00 a.m. on Friday, which could create unsafe conditions, particularly for operators of large rigs.

The storm system is expected to enter the region by afternoon, with heavy rain and snow around 6 p.m.

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