Snow shuts major Calif. highway for hours
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The California Highway Patrol is planning to reopen a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles that has been closed for many hours due to snow.
A dispatcher says officers plan to open a southbound lane of the main north-south route Friday morning. Blowing snow forced a shutdown of the key highway at 4 p.m. Thursday, prompting hundreds of truckers to pull over and spend the night in their cabs.
California is in the grip of a cold snap that's expected to last through the weekend.
Morning temperatures have fallen into the 20s and 30s in many areas, and much lower in the mountains.
(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)