Powerful Snow Storm

December 22, 2008 2:05:33 PM PST
Hundreds of people were stranded in the snow north of Los Angeles today after a powerful storm forced the closure of Interstate five.Authorities were helping the stranded drivers in the Tejon Pass area after traffic was stopped in both directions.

The California Highway Patrol says the stretch of freeway will stay closed for an unknown length of time.

Some drivers had a rough experience in the snow. "It was bad, it was horrible. I was back there. I saw a car slide off. A truck actually slid backwards and went off. " Interstate five between the Grapevine and just north of Santa Clarita was shut down last night around six o'clock and remains closed this midday. The storm made some roads treacherous for drivers here in the Central Valley as well. "Just a lot of snow, lot of slush, not too much ice but it's slick all the same."

In Fresno County, part of Highway 269 near 198 is closed north of Huron because of flooding from a nearby creek that became swollen from the rain.

Highway 41 at State Route 33 was shut down because of the snow.

Just moments ago the CHP said Highway 41 at Highway 33 reopened and in the past hour Highway 166 at Highway 33 also reopened.

Up in the Sierra the snow forced a number of schools to close for today while others got a late start.

Eight schools in the Sierra reported snow days or delayed school buses this morning because of the storm that moved through Central California.