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Vehicles stuck in snow north of Oakhurst force highway shutdown. Chaotic day on area roads

Fresh snow cloaks trees near Fish Camp on Highway 41 on Sunday morning, March 4, 2018.
Fresh snow cloaks trees near Fish Camp on Highway 41 on Sunday morning, March 4, 2018. jwalker@fresnobee.com

Caltrans crews and the Oakhurst CHP worked to quickly reopen a stretch of Highway 41 that was shut down Sunday afternoon.

Traffic on the northbound lanes of the highway was being held at Lewis Creek, according to a Tweet from Caltrans. Multiple vehicles were stuck in the Fish Camp area.

Lewis Creek is at 4, 000 feet elevation.

By 6 p.m., the roadway had been cleared and reopened.

As snow moved into lower elevations, area highways saw traffic problems all day.

Chains are now required three miles south of Coarsegold for the southbound lanes of Highway 41.

Highway 168 was closed north of Shaver on Sunday morning, due to hazardous conditions, but has since been reopened, according to Caltrans. That closure has since been moved back to Huntington Lake Road. Chains are required going up the 4-lane.

Both directions of traffic were shutdown Sunday night on Interstate 5 near Highway 138, south of Bakersfield, Caltrans reported.

Joshua Tehee covers breaking news for The Fresno Bee, with a focus on entertainment and a heavy emphasis on the Central Valley music scene. You can see him share the area’s top entertainment options Friday mornings on KMPH’s “Great Day” and read more of his work here.
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