Travel Alert May 2019: Spring Storm Affects San Francisco

If the San Francisco bay area is in your travel plans over the next day or two, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to the weather — due to a spring storm.

Travel Alert May 2019: Spring Storm Affects San Francisco

The San Francisco bay area is being inundated with significant rain — up to five inches in some areas — which is causing flash flooding, mudslides, slick roads and thunderstorms with hail in local areas.

This type of weather in California is unusual for the month of May, as some areas will receive three times the normal rainfall.

Other areas of California are also expected to be adversely affected — but at this time, no travel alerts have been issued for anywhere else except for San Francisco. The storms are expected to affect other portions of the United States as they head east.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If the San Francisco bay area is in your travel plans over the next day or two, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the inclement weather which may 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 the affected areas, watch out for deteriorating weather conditions and traffic problems.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • American Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Francisco for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 through Thursday, May 16, 2019; and Sunday, May 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for San Francisco for Wednesday, May 15, 2019 through Thursday, May 16, 2019; and Sunday, May 19, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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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