Hundreds Of Motorists Stranded After Heavy Snowfall In California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities are trying to help hundreds of California motorists stranded in the snow.

A powerful storm has forced a major north-south interstate to close in the mountains north of Los Angeles. Traffic is stopped in both directions on Interstate 5.

A highway patrol inspector says officers and transit workers are escorting drivers down the incline by following them at very slow speeds. A local pub manager says there are abandoned cars everywhere.

Up to 10 inches of snow fell in the area. And the National Weather Service predicts two to four more inches will come down Thursday.

But in other parts of the state, heavy rain is the problem.

A fire official in Long Beach says four apartments have been damaged after rain seeped through a plastic cover on the roof of an apartment building that was undergoing repair.