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I-5 Begins To Reopen Between Ashland And Redding Area

Snow began to pile up on I-5 in the Weed-Mount Shasta after dark Tuesday.
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Snow began to pile up on I-5 in the Weed-Mount Shasta area after dark Tuesday.

UPDATE 4:00 p.m.: I-5 southbound is reopening with metering, according to a Caltrans spokesperson. The freeway northbound remains closed in California as road crews remove snow.

A snowstorm caused the southbound closure of the Interstate 5 freeway near Ashland, leaving some motorists stranded near the California-Oregon border.

Interstate 5 is closed to all southbound traffic at Exit 14, south of Ashland, due to hazardous winter conditions in the Weed and Mt. Shasta area. There’s no estimate for when it will reopen.

Meanwhile, the California Department of Transportation has closed northbound traffic between Fawndale (north of Redding) and Yreka.

To get the latest information on road conditions in Oregon , visit tripcheck.com. In California, go to roads.dot.ca.gov.

California transportation officials reported nearly six feet of snow on parts of the freeway in Northern California.

They spent much of the night rescuing motorists who got stuck in the snow near the town of Weed.

By late morning, officials closed southbound I-5 between Ashland and Yreka because of several vehicles that had spun out of control.

April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Previously, she was a news host and reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.