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Latest: 2 Southern California highways reopened after storm

February 18, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms in California (all times local):

10:45 a.m.

Authorities have reopened two major Southern California highways that were closed because of ice and snow, stranding hundreds of motorists overnight.

The California Highway Patrol says Monday that traffic started moving again around 11 a.m. Monday in northbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles. The southbound side was reopened a few hours earlier at the Grapevine, a high pass along the key route between LA and San Francisco.

Officials caution that icy conditions persist.

Interstate 15 is open again at the Nevada state line after it was closed due to multiple weather-related accidents.

Holiday travelers are warned to carry chains on routes to local ski resorts after mountain areas east of Los Angeles got more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow.

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8:30 a.m.

Cars and trucks were stranded overnight after ice and blowing snow closed several major Southern California highways.

The California Highway Patrol began escorting motorists early Monday in southbound lanes of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles. But all northbound lanes of I-5 remain closed at the Grapevine, a high pass along the key route between LA and San Francisco.

Interstate 15 is closed at the Nevada state line due to multiple weather-related accidents. It’s unclear if there were any injuries.

Holiday travelers are warned that some routes to ski resorts are shut after mountain areas east of Los Angeles got more than 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow.

Transportation officials are still clearing mud and debris from a much more powerful storm that forced the closure of several highways across the state last week.