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San Diego Flights Canceled Due To Blizzard

Tourist Milton Howard sits in San Diego's airport after learning his flight was canceled due to a blizzard, Jan. 22, 2016.
Matthew Bowler
Tourist Milton Howard sits in San Diego's airport after learning his flight was canceled due to a blizzard, Jan. 22, 2016.
San Diego Flights Canceled Due To Blizzard
San Diego Flights Canceled Due To Blizzard
The blizzard rolling into the Midwest and East Coast resulted in the cancellation of a couple handfuls of departing flights and a few arrivals Friday at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

The blizzard rolling into the Midwest and East Coast resulted in the cancellation of a couple handfuls of departing flights and a few arrivals Friday at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.

American Airlines flights to Charlotte and Philadelphia were canceled, as were a Delta departure to New York, Southwest Airlines runs to Baltimore and Nashville, a pair of United flights to Newark and a United flight to Washington, D.C., according to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority's flight status board.

A Virgin America flight was also canceled to San Francisco, which was hit by another storm.

"When severe weather in other parts of the country affects air travel, it can have a ripple effect across the industry," said the airport's Rebecca Bloomfield.

"Therefore, we encourage those traveling today to check with their airline before heading down to the airport," Bloomfield said. "Even if you're not traveling to a destination affected by bad weather, there is a chance that the crew or aircraft needed for your flight could be coming from an area that is affected."

Olivia Howard is visiting San Diego from Tennessee with her brothers and sister, and found out their flight was canceled. She said they’re going to adopt the San Diego surfer attitude and go with the flow.

"So now some of the things we didn’t get a chance to see here in San Diego, I guess we’ll take advantage of these extra days and we’ll go touring some more," she said.

Nationwide, there had been around 3,200 flight cancellations and about 3,600 delays as of this afternoon, according to FlightAware.com. However, those figures are not just for flights affected by the blizzard.

Cancellations are also expected Saturday.