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The Grapevine stretch of I-5 on Feb. 19, 2013. Rain in Los Angeles on Feb. 19, 2013. A storm hits the Southland on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Residents in the Santa Clarita Valley bundle up as a storm approaches the region on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013.

The California Highway Patrol on Tuesday night closed Highway 58 near Tehachapi, where hundreds of cars were stranded on a snowbound freeway. Caltrans said plows were dispatched to free the trapped motorists.

On the 14 Freeway, the CHP began running escorts because of hazardous snowfall conditions.

Snowfall was expected to accumulate throughout the day Tuesday. The storm, approaching from the Gulf of Alaska, could possibly shut down the Grapevine section of Interstate 5. As of Tuesday night, it was still clear for drivers, the CHP said.

Other major roadways that will likely be affected include Interstate 5 from north of Castaic to the Kern County line and Highway 33 in Ventura County could also be affected.

Gusts of up to 35 miles per hour were expected, which could cause blizzard-like conditions and cause slick and icy roads, according to the National Weather Service. The cold front could drop snow levels at much lower elevations before moving out by Wednesday. Two to four inches of snow is expected to fall in the foothills.

Snow is expected to fall so low in the local mountains Tuesday night that Ortega Highway in Orange County could possibly be covered in snow. That happens rarely.

Blowing snow and icy roads are expected to cause significant travel difficulties. Several key roads are already closed as a result of the new storm moving in. Some roads in the Angeles National Forest were closed starting at 3 a.m. Tuesday as a precautionary measure due to a potential for snowfall.

The Angeles Forest Highway from Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway was closed, as well as Big Tujunga Canyon Road from Angeles Forest Highway to Vogel Flats. Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road was also shut from Angeles Forest Highway to Angles Crest Highway.

It is not known exactly how long the closures will last, but they will remain in effect until the storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected.

While drivers will see smooth traveling on their commute to work, conditions are expected to worsen. The peak of the storm is expected to hit Tuesday evening. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities. Use caution while driving.

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