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Motorists travel along Interstate 65 near downtown Indianapolis, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. The blizzard warning issued the day before by National Weather Service came to fruition in the region Wednesday as winds picked up and snow began falling in earnest before dawn. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

SAN JOSE -- With a heavy winter storm wreaking havoc on airports across the Midwest and similar disruptions expected to soon hit the East Coast, things are looking much better in the Bay Area.

Snow, thunderstorms, sleet, tornados and high winds have grounded planes from Chicago to Indianapolis. Almost 1,000 United States flights had been canceled as of 11 a.m., according to the flight-tracking website Flightaware.com.

The cancellations are likely to continue as the storm moves east.

However, outside of a few delays, most Bay Area flights are on the board and on time, officials say.

At Mineta San Jose International Airport, delays of up to 50 minutes were affecting flights to Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Portland and Dallas/Fort Worth, according to spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes. Dallas/Fort Worth has been hit hard by the storm, with 115 inbound flights canceled today.

Redeye flights out of San Jose to Boston, New York and Chicago were still planned for late Wednesday, Barnes said.

Over in Oakland, things were "pretty much on time," according to spokesman Scott Yamasaki. A few flights had minor delays, but there were no cancellations, he said.

At San Francisco International Airport, operations were also "fairly normal," according to spokesman Doug Yakel. Some departures to the Northeast were delayed up to an hour, but there was only one cancellation, of an American Airlines flight to New York's Kennedy Airport, he said.


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San Francisco's airport was hit hard by last week's storms, suffering dozens of cancellations and delays of up to four hours as heavy winds and low visibility forced longer breaks between takeoffs and landings.

As always, the most important advice for travelers is to check with their airlines before leaving for the airport, officials at all three airports said. To get updated times for arrivals and departures at Bay Area airports, go to http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-airports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Contact Daniel M. Jimenez at djimenez@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/DMJreports.