Travelers stuck on the ground at SFO

The weather woes of holiday travelers coming to and leaving San Francisco continue to mount — and they are not over.

Blizzards on the East Coast led to the cancellation of dozens of flights for travelers trying to leave San Francisco International Airport on Sunday, and a new weather front coming to the Bay Area might cause more of the same later this week.

A cold front is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the Bay Area starting Tuesday afternoon, with about 1½ inches of precipitation forecast from 4 to 10 p.m., according to Steve Anderson, a forecaster for the National Weather Service.

Those showers could linger until Wednesday afternoon and will likely play a factor in flights leaving SFO, Anderson said.

“You can count on being delayed Tuesday night,” he said. “Passengers flying out of SFO should definitely be prepared for that.”

The predicted delays will come on the heels of snow blizzards on the East Coast that snarled travel nationwide Sunday.

Eastern cities from Boston to Philadelphia were beset with heavy snowfall, leading to the cancellation of 29 flights out of San Francisco, according to Michael McCarron, a spokesman for SFO.

United Airlines was the hardest hit, with 11 flights being canceled, including four to New York and three to Newark, N.J. Delta and American Airlines both canceled four of their five flights to New York.

Airlines canceled flights throughout the Northeast and at airports in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago and the Carolinas.

Airlines are expecting more cancellations today, but were trying to rebook passengers and hoped to resume normal operations Tuesday.

Storms on Christmas Day had already led to travel misery in parts of the South, which was hit with a white Christmas for the record books.

Also, rainy weather in the Bay Area caused delays for people traveling before Christmas.

On Dec. 20, the busiest air travel day before the holiday, a large storm here delayed flights into and out of SFO. Planes destined for San Francisco were delayed for up to two hours.

Checking it twice

With nasty weather snarling air travel nationwide, a quick check of your flight before you leave can prevent a headache at the airport.

Flights at SFO
www.flysfo.com/web/page/airline

FAA flight delays
www.fly.faa.gov/flyfaa

Flight status, airport delays
www.flightstats.com

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Bay Area NewsLocalSan Francisco International Airporttransportation

Just Posted

Niners defensive lineman Joey Bosa played a major role in stopping the Eagles in a Week 2 San Francisco victory. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
What we learned from Niners beating the Eagles

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner Is your glass half-empty? Niners… Continue reading

If he secured a full term in the Senate, Newsom would become the most powerful Californian Democrat since Phil Burton at the height of his career, or maybe ever. <ins>(Kevin Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
Artist Agnieszka Pilat, pictured with Spot the Robot Dog from Boston Robotics, has a gallery show opening at Modernism. (Courtesy Agnieszka Pilat)
Screenshots of VCs, Kanye and tech parties by the Bay

In this week’s roundup, Ben Horowitz’s surprising hip-hop knowledge and the chic tech crowd at Shack15

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler, pictured in July at Oracle Park, says team members simultaneously can be “measured and calm” and “looking to push the accelerator.” (Chris Victorio/Special to The Examiner)
How Gabe Kapler sets the tone for Giants’ success with strategy, mindset

‘There’s no doubt in my mind that he’s the hands-down manager of the year’

Firefighters extinguish burning material near Lake Tahoe on Sept. 3 in the wake of the Caldor Fire; environmental scientists say the huge fire is bringing to light deficiencies in forest management. <ins>(Max Whittaker/New York Times)</ins>
Cal Fire, timber industry must face an inconvenient truth

We are logging further into the wildfire and climate crisis

Most Read