Hundreds of flights at Los Angeles International Airport were delayed or canceled on Christmas Eve as a “bomb cyclone” weather pattern swept across the United States, bringing record-breaking cold temperatures to almost everywhere except California.
California will be largely spared the frigid weather that forecasters have described as a “once-in-a-generation event” that will affect more than 100 million people in nearly every state. The Continental Divide mountain range will block much of the cold air from reaching the Golden State.
A high-pressure ridge in the Pacific will warm the coast this bank holiday weekend, making for a warm and sunny Christmas in Los Angeles, said Robbie Munroe, a weather forecaster with the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to hit near record highs in the low 80s on Sunday.
The hottest Christmas was in 1980, when the heat reached 85 degrees in downtown Los Angeles, but that record is unlikely to be broken this year.
Meanwhile, hundreds of outbound planes flying to colder parts of the country are delayed, disrupting holiday travel for tens of thousands of people, officials said.
About 140 flights from LAX were canceled and 729 were delayed on Friday – nearly half the day’s schedule – as parts of the country experienced freezing temperatures. said airport officials. flights to Denver; Houston; San Francisco; Portland, Ore.; and several other cities were canceled while planes to Orlando, Florida, and Las Vegas were delayed.
LAX spokesman Heath Montgomery said about 68% of flights were on schedule on Saturday. By midnight, 102 inbound and outbound flights were canceled and about 467 aircraft were delayed. He said about 40 trips are expected to be canceled for the rest of the day.
Departures to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Portland International Airport have been suspended due to freezing conditions. Other airports, such as Dallas Fort Worth International, spray aircraft with deicing fluid to remove snow and ice.
The Federal Aviation Authority said on Twitter Saturday said travel conditions have improved, but air traffic and winter weather in the northern half of the United States can still cause delays.
Los Angeles will see high temperatures in the 70s to low 80s on most coasts and valleys through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Inland locations like Antelope Valley will experience temperatures in the 60s.
Dry and warm conditions are expected through Monday before a weak atmospheric flux hits the region on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing rain and cooler temperatures by the end of the week, Munroe said.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected throughout Southern California, with 1 to 3 inches forecast in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties. Los Angeles and Ventura counties may experience 0.5 to 1.5 inches of precipitation.
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