Storm developing could affect holiday travel plans to the Northeast

SF Examiner file photoStormy forecast: A storm front brewing in the Southeast is predicted to bring rain and snow to the Northeast by Friday morning — and possibly headaches for travelers.

A storm front expected to develop later this week could put a wrench in the plans of passengers trying to travel between the East Coast and San Francisco this holiday weekend.

Although the weather pattern is currently in the Southwest portion of the country, it’s forecast to move through the southern states and up to the Northeast, bringing rain and snow there by Friday morning, said Carl Erickson, a senior meteorologist at Accuweather.com.

The combination of inclement weather and heavy travel predicted for Friday could have impacts on passengers taking overnight flights out of San Francisco, Erickson said.

“With the low visibility and a low cloud ceiling, there could be some travel delays from flights scheduled to arrive in and depart out of Northeast airports,” said Erickson.

Michael McCarron, spokesman for the San Francisco International Airport, said the hub is monitoring the weather conditions for the holiday weekend, while reminding its passengers to periodically check in with their carriers for any delay notices.

While Friday morning is expected to be nasty in the Northeast, the storm is expected to clear by the afternoon, and weather across the country looks clear for Christmas Eve, said Erickson. There is a chance that a slow-developing storm could hit the Northeast on Christmas Day, but right now it’s still too early to tell, he said.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

 

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