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Chains Required On Several Mountain-Top Roads

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Snow and ice plagued drivers in the higher elevations of Los Angeles and Riverside counties Saturday, but the Grapevine and other key mountain passes remained open and clear.

Chains were required on Big Pines Highway between Valyermo and the Mountain High Ski Area in Los Angeles County. Packed snow is reported on the road above the 5,000-foot level, affecting traffic between the Antelope Valley and Wrightwood.

Ice and snow plagued Mount Baldy Road, where California Highway Patrol officers reported treacherous conditions and sliding vehicles at the highest elevation, near Ice House Canyon.

In Riverside County, State Route 243 was reported to be icy and chains were required from near Banning, through Idyllwild and down to the Route 74 junction.

Out of the area, chains were required in the Mammoth Lakes and Big Bear resort areas.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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