Weather Creating Major Road Delays in California

Getting in or out of southern California takes a car load of patience.

CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy reports that snow and ice covered roads, combined with wind gusts of up to 90 miles-per-hour, are wreacking havoc on drivers in the Golden State.

"You can get mad but its not gonna make anything rock and roll with it," said one truck driver.

But not much is rolling. Backups between Los Angeles and Las Vegas stretched for up to 30 miles. As the weather worsened, I-5 connecting L.A. and San Francisco was full at first, then it was closed in both directions.

Some drivers have been stuck for 20 hours.

Other drivers took extreme detours, heading west towards the coast, then north on Highway 101, and then doubling back East; a 250 mile bypass.

This winter wallop is also a novelty for California.

Snow now covers rooftops where it's normally 65 degrees and many Californians aren't dressed for the occasion, wearing flip-flops and shorts in slush and snow.

California has been pounded by rain and snow for two weeks. Mudslides caused an estimated $59 million in damage and 10 inches of rain fell in Los Angeles in December, the wettest since 1889.

The good news is that the interstates are opening up, the skies are already clearing and the forecast calls for nine straight days of sunshine starting tomorrow.