Dense fog blanketed much of the Los Angeles County coast early Saturday, causing some delays at the Los Angeles International Airport.
“Please check your flight status with your airline directly,” said a 7:05 a.m. post from LAX’s Twitter account.
Just after 8:20 a.m., the airport said it expected the Federal Aviation Administration to hold LAX-bound planes at other airports through about 1 p.m. to space out incoming flights.
That ground-delay program had been canceled as of around 9:30 a.m., but travelers should still brace for some lingering holdups, LAX officials said. They urged travelers to check their flight status with their airlines.
Visibility at the airport was down to a quarter of a mile, the National Weather Service said on Saturday morning.
According to flight tracking service Flightradar24, LAX was at a ground stop because of an equipment outage compounded by low visibility issues.
“Flights not yet in the air cannot depart for LAX,” Flightrader24 tweeted at 6:47 a.m. “Flights in the air continue, but increasing delays are likely.”
Clarifying the previous tweet — not all airports are affected by the ground stop, so many flights from larger airports are in fact departing. The weather will, however, continue to impact flights and increase delays.
— Flightradar24 (@flightradar24) January 25, 2020
The foggy conditions did not appear to disrupt flights at Hollywood Burbank and Long Beach airports, Flightrader24 said.
At the San Diego International Airport, visibility was at 2 1/2 miles as of 7 a.m, according to forecasters. The airport did not announce any possible delays.
Parts of the San Gabriel Valley were also experiencing thick fog, NWS said.
Visibility was at a quarter of a mile or less in portions of San Diego County, including Carlsbad, Miramar, Oceanside and the Brown Field Municipal Airport, forecasters said.
Dense fog with visibility less than 1/2 mile continues to plague sections of the Ventura coast and LA Basin. Here is the Oxnard Plain from the SCEdison webcam at 9am. DF Advisory extended until 10am at least. #CAwx #LAweather pic.twitter.com/9zWo8PSMfE
— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) January 25, 2020