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Interstate 5 connecting Northern California to Oregon reopens after blizzard – CBS San Francisco

REDDING (AP) — A section of a major highway in northern California reopened Thursday afternoon after a nearly 24-hour closure caused by blizzard conditions as the last of back-to-back storms rolled through, have announced the authorities.

Traffic resumed on a stretch of Interstate 5 north of the town of Redding around 1 p.m., said Haleigh Pike, spokeswoman for the California Department of Transportation. Redding is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) north of San Francisco.

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The northbound lanes were closed around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday as vehicles began to jam. The south side was closed about an hour later.

Winter weather warnings and advisories expired late Thursday morning, but the reopening took some time as highway and utility crews had to assess the roadway, remove dangerous trees and restore power lines.

Blizzard conditions on Interstate 5 north of Redding, Dec. 15, 2021. (Caltrans District 2/Twitter)

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South of San Francisco, a 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch of scenic Highway 1 in the Big Sur area reopened Wednesday night after storm damage was cleaned up.

This week’s storms dumped large amounts of snow in California’s drought-stricken mountains and flooded lower elevations with heavy rain.

California highway authorities on Thursday announced the seasonal closure of several major passes through the Sierra Nevada and sections of other state highways in the mountains due to snow accumulation. Roads will remain closed until snow and debris are cleared and repairs are made in the spring.

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