Thousands stranded as storms lash California airports grounding flights and causing power outage
San Francisco International Airport was affected by weather while Oakland International Airport lost power for about 90 minutes
DENVER (AP): Stormy weather and a power outage have affected two Northern California airports as a storm hits the region.
KPIX-TV says the Federal Aviation Administration imposed a ground delay at San Francisco International Airport Tuesday because of the weather, cutting the number of arrivals in half.
The airport reported several hundred delayed flights and about two dozen cancellations.
Oakland International Airport lost power for about 90 minutes Tuesday evening, shutting down its security checks and causing some flight delays and a couple of diversions. It’s unclear what caused the outage but it came as thousands of people in Oakland and further south lost power during the storm.
A highway over the Sierra Nevada has been reopened after a 40-mile (64-kilometer) stretch was closed by a snowstorm. Interstate 80 north of Lake Tahoe was closed Tuesday afternoon so crews could clear the roadway following numerous spinouts and collisions.
The highway reopened in both directions Tuesday evening but chains are required for most vehicles to the Nevada state line.
Snow also closed several other mountain roadways in Northern California because of crashes, spinouts and snowbound cars.
The Lake Tahoe area is under a winter storm warning through Thanksgiving with forecasts of possible blizzard conditions beginning Tuesday night.