The Grapevine Clear for Travel

Travel advisory lifted for the Grapevine.

Sunday, Feb 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:14 AM PDT
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The Grapevine section of the Golden State (5) Freeway through the mountains north of Los Angeles reopened this morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The road had been closed overnight because of ice and snow on the pavement.

CHP officers began escorting groups of motorists through the Grapevine at 7:20 a.m. before deciding to completely open the roadway without escorts about 8:30 a.m., said CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

“The road is looking good. Traffic is relatively light over the Grapevine,” Villalobos said. “You might have a couple of residual delays at the bottom (of the Grapevine), but we don't anticipate that happening very long. All gates are open.”

Snow, sleet and freezing temperatures forced the closure of the freeway section near the Kern County line about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Overnight lows in the area were in the 20s. The freeway tops out around 4,000 feet in the Tejon Pass before dropping into the Central Valley.

In and around Los Angeles, a dusting of snow fell in places like Burbank, Santa Clarita and in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountain.

Frost advisories for the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys expired at 8 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Forecasters expect today -- Oscar Sunday -- to be mostly sunny but chilly, with highs in the upper 50s.

Check out the Highway Patrol Website to find out the latest road closures.

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