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California's Major Highway Partly Closed Due to Heavy Snowfall

© REUTERS / MIKE BLAKEA life guard tower in Oceanside, California
A life guard tower in Oceanside, California - Sputnik International
On Wednesday, dozens of vehicles found themselves trapped on Interstate 5 after a powerful winter storm, sparked by a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure, swept the areas near the Pacific Northwest, with 1.2-metre-high snow piling up over the local mountains.

On Thursday, a major roadway in California could not operate as usual and was partially closed as a heavy snowstorm hit the area.

The vehicle movement on Interstate 5 through the Grapevine area was stopped early on Thursday morning, with the California Highway Patrol working to free stuck vehicles.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm is expected to strike the western United States first and then move to the Great Plains late on Friday.

​Earlier in the week, different parts of the United States were hit by storms with heavy snows and high winds, causing major traffic problems for thousands of passengers during their Thanksgiving holidays.

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