Storm drenches Southern California, shuts Interstate 5

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Jonas Pao, left, and Phela Durosinmi, of Palo Alto, had time to build a snowman on the highway median while traffic was at a standstill along eastbound US 50 in Pollock Pines, Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Drenching rains fell across a swath of Southern California and snow brought traffic to a halt on a major highway early Thursday as the last in a series of December storms that walloped the state moved through. The Grapevine section of Interstate 5 high in the mountains north of Los Angeles was shut down due to snow and ice before dawn, the California Highway Patrol said. Lanes reopened Thursday afternoon. Mudslides, debris flows and rock fall s caused localized problems on many roads. The city of Malibu tweeted that firefighters and lifeguards brought 22 people to safety from a flooded campground near Leo Carrillo State Beach. The storm followed several earlier in the month that caused record snowfall and some flooding and other damage from high winds. G
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