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Ice, Snow Along Grapevine Makes For Slick Conditions

GORMAN (CBSLA) – Ice, snow and high winds made for dicey conditions along the Grapevine overnight Friday.

KCAL9's Joy Benedict was on an overpass of the 5 Freeway where winds continued to whip up Saturday morning. Snow fell Friday night in the Lebec area, where crews worked to salt roads as ice began to build up.

The weather was a concern for many drivers, including residents.

"You get used to it living up here, and you just carry chains and have to always be prepared," said Chris Wiklund. "If somebody offers to help you put your chains on, maybe take 'em up on it. And be slow, don't be in a hurry."

KCAL9 Meteorologist Alex Biston said snow levels will drop over the weekend, and a winter weather advisory is in effect for all mountain areas until early Monday morning.

"Two to four inches possible on the Grapevine. So if you are traveling through that area, through I-5, definitely something that you need to know. We're also going to see very gusty conditions, could see gusts up to 60 mph. That's going to make driving very difficult. Also reduced visibility," Biston said.

Heavier snow was expected to hit around 10 p.m.

It arrived on cue. KCAL9's Cristy Fajardo reported for the KCAL9 News at 10 p.m. when light snow began in earnest. It wasn't sticking.

The biggest concern for drivers remained icy conditions.

But forecasters said that could change overnight.

While the 5 should remain relatively clear, as much as six inches was expected to accumulate on some mountain roads before morning.


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