CHP monitoring 5 freeway in the Grapevine as storm moves through

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A blast of winter weather along the 5 freeway Friday night made for dangerous driving conditions.

 

A combination of high winds and rain forced Daniel DiMambro to pull his 31 foot trailer off the road. 

 

“With the winds the slickness of the pass and the roads we just chose to play it safe and spend what money we had to find a place for the night,” DiMambro said. 

 

It was all clear until the early evening when a thick band of clouds rolled in over the Grapevine and through the mountain passes. 

 

“All of a sudden out of nowhere it got real slippery the cars, some of them were starting to skid, it got kind of scary so we stopped for a second,” Luis Medina, who was driving from Porterville, said. 

 

With temperatures dropping rain turned to sleet mixed with snow flurries, catching tourist off guard. 

 

“I did not expect to see snow or anything in LA,” Yvette Bussell, who is visting from Australia, said. “It’s cold, it’s pretty cold.”

 

CHP officials said that cold air could cause the roads to ice over and that’s what officers were watching out for. 

 

“If the road starts to become unsafe for the public if people start sliding off the road there’s a lot of collisions that’s when we start making decisions to see if we need to shut it down,” Ofc. Dan Williams, California Highway Patrol, said. 

 

The best advice from officials and fellow drivers, just slow down. 

 

“Pick a speed that your car can actually handle,” Jessica Humphrey, who was driving a large van from Washington, said. 

 

Cal Trans crews are on standby Friday night to help clear the roadway of ice and debris. 

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