A severe winter storm that blanketed the East Coast and the Appalachians with snow and ice wreaked only minimal havoc with flights departing and arriving in the Bay Area on Tuesday, airline officials said.

Three flights bound for Newark Liberty International Airport from San Francisco International Airport were canceled because of the storm, as was a flight into John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

The storm caused officials at Philadelphia International Airport to ground departing flights temporarily, a decision that caused one outgoing flight from San Francisco to be canceled. A scheduled arriving flight from Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport also was canceled, officials said.

Flights out of Norman Mineta International Airport in San Jose and Oakland International Airport were mostly departing and arriving on schedule, officials at those airports said.

Mineta spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said one American Airlines flight to Dallas-Fort Worth was canceled, the fourth straight day American has been unable to fly from San Jose to Dallas. The severe weather -- which included snow and ice storms -- had moved out of Dallas by Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, but cold temperatures were still making travel difficult, and more flights were at risk of being canceled, Barnes said.


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Another issue that caused delays Tuesday morning in San Jose was the failure of de-icing equipment at one of the airport's two terminals, causing delays up to one hour, Barnes said. The only airlines with de-icing equipment in terminal A is Delta, and once its equipment broke down, the airlines were forced to delay flights.

Some airlines moved planes into the direct sunlight, and others reached out to airlines in terminal B to use their equipment.

All flights in and out of Oakland's airport were proceeding as scheduled, spokesman Scott Wintner said. Airline service from Oakland does not go farther than Chicago and Dallas-Fort Worth, and Wintner said that passengers should check in with their airlines to see if their connecting flights in those cities are affected.

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