Travel Alert February 2017: Torrential Rains to Affect California

I f California is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — as a significant portion of that state are preparing to experience a disruption due to torrential rains from one storm after another.

Travel Alert February 2017: Torrential Rains to Affect California

As with winter storms in other areas of the United States in which precipitation is measured in feet instead of inches, California is not immune — but in this case, the precipitation is in the form of rain as well as snow, as up to a foot of rain is expected in some areas; and up to three feet of snow is forecast for the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Major travel delays are expected starting tomorrow, Friday, February 17, 2017 due to a succession of storms from the Pacific Ocean, which are expected to result in not only significant accumulations of precipitation; but also coastal flooding and local flash flooding; slippery conditions on roadways; windy conditions at coastal areas; mudslides and rockslides; downed trees and power outages — all of which are enough to potentially disrupt ground transportation. Road closures are also expected in some areas.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to anywhere in the state of California over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to this winter weather system which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of these successive weather systems:

  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for 17 airports in California for Friday, February 17, 2017 and Saturday, February 18, 2017; and Tuesday, February 21, 2017 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
    • Arcata/Eureka
    • Bakersfield
    • Burbank
    • Fresno
    • Los Angeles
    • Mammoth Lakes
    • Monterey
    • Ontario
    • Palm Springs
    • Redding
    • Sacramento
    • San Diego
    • San Francisco
    • San Jose
    • San Luis Obispo
    • Santa Ana – Orange County
    • Santa Barbara
  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for ten airports in California with different travel dates.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued travel alerts for 12 airports in California with different travel dates.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for five airports in California with different travel dates.
  • Southwest Airlines has issued travel alerts for ten airports in California with different travel dates.
  • Air Canada has issued travel alerts for five airports in California with different travel dates.

Summary

Expect other airlines to be added to the aforementioned list as time passes.

As you can see, the aforementioned alerts widely vary by airline; so be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

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