Airports report cancellations due to East Coast weather 

Temperatures in the Bay Area are expected to hover around 60 degrees Wednesday, but the region's airports are reporting flight cancellations due to severe winter weather.

As a major snowstorm grounds thousands of flights at East Coast airports, local airports say most flights to and from snowbound cities have been canceled.

San Francisco International Airport duty manager Bob Rotiski said most flights arriving from or departing to cities including Newark, New York, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have been canceled.

A few flights are still scheduled to depart Wednesday afternoon, he said. "But that's all subject to change."

Most airlines made their cancellations Tuesday, Rotiski said, "so we're not seeing lines of people waiting to get rebooked."

Mineta San Jose International Airport has just a few flights to the East Coast, but spokesman David Vossbrink said JetBlue canceled its flights to and from New York on Wednesday.

The airport's daily Southwest Airlines flight to Chicago is also a likely candidate for delays or cancellation, he said, given the snowstorms besieging the Midwest.

At Oakland International Airport, spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said JetBlue has canceled a few flights to easterly destinations, but several flights to snowy cities are still scheduled to depart.

Barnes said travelers should "definitely, please, absolutely" monitor their flight status with airlines.

Because some airlines are canceling flights in advance, Barnes suggested monitoring the flight status of eastbound flights through the weekend.

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