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Snow shuts major Calif. highway for hours

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© Southbound Interstate 15 traffic comes to a near stand still near Oak Hill Road on Thursday Jan. 10, 2013, after a winter storm brought snow and freezing rain to the Cajon Pass, Calif. © Southbound Interstate 15 traffic comes to a near stand still near Oak Hill Road on Thursday Jan. 10, 2013, after a winter storm brought snow and freezing rain to the Cajon Pass, Calif.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The California Highway Patrol has partially reopened a 40-mile stretch of Interstate 5 north of Los Angeles that was closed for many hours due to snow.

The CHP began escorting southbound motorists through the high mountain pass Friday morning. Northbound lanes are still closed.

Blowing snow forced a shutdown of the key north-south 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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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