Snow shuts major Calif. highway for hours

Snow-covered San Gabriel mountains rise behind downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Winds that tore down trees and power lines eased Wednesday in Southern California but chilly weather remained and the cold was expected to deepen, with sub-freezing temperatures possible. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

January 11, 2013 8:24:35 AM PST
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.