The impact of heavy East Coast storms on San Francisco air travel began to taper Wednesday afternoon, as officials said a sizable drop in departure cancellations suggests the Bay Area burden may be coming to an end.
Officials at San Francisco International Airport said that while the weather pattern continued to impact flights into the city, only two flights headed out of the region were canceled Wednesday. A total of 24 flights into San Francisco from cities like New York, Boston and Washington, D.C., remained grounded due to weather.
"The fact that most of these cancellations are arrivals and not departures is an indication that the impact is more of a carryover from yesterday," said SFO spokesman Doug Yakel. "It is a sign that things are getting back to normal."
Flights out of Oakland and San Jose airports remained relatively unaffected by the storms, and officials reported no cancellations and very few delays. Since San Jose airport does not operate its East Coast red-eyes on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, they were able to escape the brunt of the storm's impact almost entirely, said spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes.
On Tuesday, more than 50 flights were canceled in and out of SFO as the East Coast storm delivered heavy snow and strong winds throughout the region. Flights headed to John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports in New York City and Newark Airport in New Jersey were affected, as were airports in Philadelphia, Boston and Washington, D.C.
Officials urged travelers to keep planning ahead in spite of the decline in impact, and reminded residents to check their flight status before leaving home no matter the travel circumstance.
"I don't know what's next in terms of Mother Nature," Yakel said. "But from what we're seeing, it appears to be coming to an end."