Memorial Day Travel Preview: Rain in Northeast, Delays in San Francisco

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It’s going to be a busy Memorial Day weekend for travel, according to the latest forecast from AAA. If you have clients flying or hitting the road, here are the latest updates to keep in mind.

Wet Weather in Northeastern U.S.

Rain is set to pass through the northeastern United States late this week and into the weekend, according to the latest forecast from Accuweather, potentially disrupting air travel and causing slippery conditions on the roads.

Rain will continue Thursday morning and into the night, before the storm heads northeast into Atlantic Canada on Friday, Accuweather said. After that, the main area of heavy rain will remain concentrated over New England.


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Airlines are already issuing change waivers due to the foul weather. American Airlines will waive the change fee for customers traveling May 25 through airports in the New York area if they bought their ticket by May 24 and can travel through May 28. Customers on Delta can get a refund on the unused portion of their ticket if their flight to/from/through affected airports is cancelled or significantly delayed (90 minutes or more), for travel May 25 with rebooked travel to begin no later than May 28. United Airlines is also waiving change fees and differences in fare in the same cabin class between the same city pair for flights May 25, with rebooked travel to take place through May 28. Customers on Southwest Airlines set to fly through affected airports May 25 can rebook within the original class of service or travel standby within 14 days of their original date of travel between the original city pairs without paying any additional charge.

Delays Expected in San Francisco

On the West Coast, meanwhile, flight delays and cancellations are expected at San Francisco International Airport this weekend due to continuing maintenance work on the tarmac, SF Gate reports. Delays are expected to average 30 to 90 minutes between the start of work 10 p.m. Friday and the end of work at around 4 p.m. Monday. Over the past few weekends about 100 flights per day have been grounded at the airport, or about 8 percent of the airport’s total flights.

The delays and cancellations stem from an ongoing construction project at SFO as repaving and upgrades take place on the airport’s Runway  28L. Travelers are advised to check the status of their flight before heading to the airport.

Stay tuned to for the latest Memorial Day travel updates.

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