Arriving flights delayed up to two hours at SFO

The Bay Area's latest storm has passed, but flights arriving into San Francisco International Airport continue to be delayed by up to two hours this afternoon due to the rain earlier today.

Approximately three quarters of an inch of rain fell on sea level land throughout the region and between one and three inches have fallen in the North, East and South Bay hills since this storm started late Monday night, National Weather Service meteorologist Ryan Walburn said.

Scattered showers are expected throughout this evening, and the National Weather Service anticipates a second storm will hit the Bay Area on Wednesday night, according to Walburn.

Arriving flights have been delayed various amounts into SFO today because other airports are holding flights destined for San Francisco, Ian Gregor, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said.

Although arrivals have to be spaced farther apart during stormy weather, flights departing from airports where weather conditions are poor are not usually delayed by the weather, according to Gregor.

“You can pretty much take off in any kind of weather,” Gregor said.

Gregor added there is no estimate for how long arriving flights will be delayed.

Arriving and departing flights at Oakland International Airport and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport have not been significantly delayed today by the weather, according to airport spokespersons.

Weather has caused dozens of traffic collisions on Bay Area roadways and at least three big rigs have become disabled and prompted Sig-alerts in Solano, Contra Costa and Alameda counties, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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