SANTA CRUZ MOUNTAINS, Calif. (KGO) -- There was a near picture-perfect scene of white in the Santa Cruz Mountains. But the problem was no one could get any closer to see it.
Highway 17 was closed all day due to wintry conditions southbound at Bear Creek Road and northbound in Scotts Valley at Granite Road. CalTrans responded to multiple trees down and powerlines that had fallen across all four lanes of the highway. Crews told ABC7 News the road continued to freeze over even after they cleared it.
Closures on 17 are not uncommon. Southbound was closed for an entire day last month. But residents say this time is different.
Highway Patrol is urging residents to stay off roads like this due to icy and dangerous conditions. CHP Officer John May says if you find yourself on ice, slow down to avoid a spinout.
"Just make sure that you're not reactive," May said. "Don't make any sudden turning movements. Allow your foot to come off that acceleration pedal and slowly apply the brakes until your vehicle comes to a complete stop."
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