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Flights out of LAX to Midwest, East Coast delayed because of bad weather

December 19, 2008 |  9:54 am

If you’re flying out of Los Angeles International Airport to the Midwest, East Coast or San Francisco this morning, you need to be ready for a departure delay of half an hour to more than five hours, LAX officials said.

Flights from LAX to San Francisco were grounded until 10 a.m. due to low-hanging clouds and thick fog in the Bay Area, said Katherine Alvarado, an LAX spokeswoman. All other delays were due to snow and ice in the Midwest and East Coast, Alvarado said. The longest delays as of 9 a.m. were to Newark International Airport in New Jersey, coming in at 5 hours and 27 minutes, she said.

Flights to New York are also delayed, with a 3-hour, 20-minute wait expected to get to John F. Kennedy International Airport and an almost two-hour wait to LaGuardia Airport, Alvarado said. Flights from LAX to Philadelphia are delayed about 2 hours and 10 minutes this morning, she said. Flights to Detroit Metro Wayne County Airport are 51 minutes late due to snow and ice, while Chicago is seeing the shortest delays   -- at 34 minutes, to Chicago O’Hare Airport, Alvarado said.

-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles