East coast storm snows in Bay Area flights

More than a thousand flights have already been cancelled in the Northeast in anticipation of a winter storm that is expected to dump at least a foot of snow across the region this week. Few afternoon flights from those cities had been canceled, however.

Most of those can be attributed to weather, but not all, according to the duty manager's office at San Francisco International Airport.

If you're trying to get to the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic area from North Florida Tuesday, not even a horse and buggy's going to help. Other airports with big cancellation figures include Newark Liberty International in New Jersey, with more than 1,000; LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports in NY, with more than 800 apiece; and Baltimore-Washington International, with about 500, according to FlightAware. All of those flights would have arrived between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. tonight.

Airport officials said most of the flights were canceled because of regional impacts.

Airports in New York, Boston, Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia were among the hardest hit, according to flight tracking website FlightAware.

More than 8,600 flights were cancelled nationwide, with 6,227 of said flights being cancelled on Tuesday alone. Other airlines were considering similar moves. Airport traffic conditions are being regularly updated by airport officials on Facebook, on Twitter at @LGAairport and at LaGuardiaAirport.com.

On Tuesday morning, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory for New York City, saying it expects sustained winds between 25 and 35 miles per hour and gusts up to 55 miles per hour.

But the strategy risks a ripple effect of cancellations and delays that may be bigger than necessary.

Though Winter Storm Stella has passed the northeastern United States, some flight cancellations are set to continue today. But, airlines are already waiving change fees, so passengers can get a jump start on revising their travel plans.

  • Joanne Flowers