Mount Baldy Road in the San Gabriel Mountains was reopened to traffic Tuesday after the first major snow storm of the season stranded people in their cars there overnight.
Video from the scene Tuesday afternoon showed at least part of the mountain road cleared and traffic moving as plows continued to clean up the snowfall.
The Mount Baldy Fire Department issued the following tweet: “Mt Baldy road has been opened with a chains or 4×4 requirement. Please be aware there is an approximately two hour line of traffic to reach the chain control checkpoint. No gasoline services or cellular phone coverage on the mountain.”
Many people were braving the icy conditions to get a taste of the snow, with some Southland mountain areas seeing as much as 20 inches, and that congestion — combined with snow-filled roadways — led to about 100 vehicles getting stuck Monday evening at the road’s closure at Shinn Road.
Los Angeles County Fire Department plows also got stuck and couldn’t reach the area at about 10 p.m., officials reported.
Signs had been posted warning that chains were required, but CHP officers said many drivers ignored the warning Monday. Broadcast reports from the scene through Tuesday morning showed dozens of vehicles with families inside that were stopped or spinning on the road.
Snow-forecast.com reported that 10.2 inches of snow fell at the Mount Baldy ski resort through Tuesday morning.
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