Grapevine back open after winter storms forced full closure

A strong winter storm brought record rainfall to the Southland, but it caused traffic accidents, delays and the closure of the 5 Freeway in the Grapevine near Castaic early Saturday.

The Grapevine near Castaic was closed around 5 a.m. Saturday due to snow. People tried alternate routes to get around the closure, but some vehicles ended up stuck in mud in a riverbed.

The freeway reopened by 9 a.m. after California Highway Patrol officers checked road conditions.

The storm started Friday evening and into the overnight hours, drenching the Southland with heavy downpours and some winds. Streets were flooded and the steady bouts of rain caused low visibility and slick roads.

According to the California Highway Patrol, there were 148 crashes in Los Angeles County just between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. There were also about 30 crashes in Orange County during the evening.

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The 15 Freeway through the Cajon Pass was covered with sand early Saturday to help cars drive through the icy conditions on the road.

Heavy rains broke a record for Los Angeles County, bringing 0.96 inches compared to an old record of 0.8 inches set in 1995. Ventura County saw nearly 2 inches of rain, 1.41 inches, which broke a record of 0.67 inches set in 1982, according to the National Weather Service.

The NWS reported that December has been the wettest month for Los Angeles in the last six years. Since Dec. 1, the area has seen 4.08 inches of rain, which is a 265 percent increase from normal conditions. The average rainfall is about 1.64 inches of rain during the month.

While many neighborhoods in burn areas were prepared for possible debris and mudflows, some of the thick dirt found its way onto the streets in Duarte.

Mud covers a street in a Duarte neighborhood after heavy overnight rains caused a mudflow on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016.

Soledad Canyon Road, just east of Agua Dulce Canyon Road, was closed Friday evening due to a heavy debris flow, but it was quickly cleaned up by crews.

Some spotty showers are expected throughout the day, but the storm will move out by the afternoon and leave SoCal residents with a dry, cool Christmas Day.

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