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A passenger who did not want her name used rests in the United Airlines baggage area after getting stranded at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Calif. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014. The woman was originally flying from Washington D.C. after visiting family. She was returning home to Sacramento yesterday when her plane was rerouted to Seattle, then San Francisco due to all the flight delays from the weather. Passengers experienced delayed and cancelled flights due to the freezing weather conditions on the East Coast and the Midwest. She was waiting for a flight to Sacramento. (Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group)

SAN FRANCISCO -- Frigid temperatures, ice and snow on the East Coast and Midwest continued to impact flights in the Bay Area on Tuesday, but local airport officials say travel conditions were improving.

A check of arrivals and departures at San Francisco International Airport on Tuesday showed just over a dozen cancellations -- fewer than Monday's total of 19 -- with some delays throughout the day of 15 minutes or less.

"We have had 18 flight cancellations today but that's a carry-over effect from yesterday's issues," Doug Yakel, SFO spokesman said. "Today will hopefully be a day where we get back on track."

Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said that only four flights had been canceled there early Tuesday -- two to Chicago, one to Phoenix and another to Ontario.

"Things seem to be getting back to normal here flight-wise," she said.

The airport also was experiencing a few delays ranging from 15 to 90 minutes during the day. Bad weather over the weekend forced thousands of flight delays and cancellations for major airlines across the country. By 7 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday, almost 4,000 flights into and out of U.S. airports had been canceled -- more than 1,600 of them at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport alone.


The website showed heavy delays and cancellations continuing in cities including Buffalo, Pittsburgh, New York and Detroit

Oakland International Airport saw three canceled departures and six canceled arrivals on Monday after the weather created an air traffic backlog, spokesman Scott Wintner said.

On Tuesday, the airport saw nine canceled departures and seven canceled arrivals. Also, 12 departing flights were delayed and 10 arriving flights were delayed more than 30 minutes.

"Those numbers are likely to change," said Oakland International Airport spokesman Scott Yamasaki. "While we are nearing the end of our day, we are only about halfway with flights and still have several more to come or go. Things are determined when those wheels touch the runway."

Despite the winter storm on the other coast, mostly cloudy skies were expected in the Bay Area on Tuesday. Highs were expected to be near 60 and lows were likely to be in the upper 40s.

Forecasters also called for mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog on Wednesday morning with highs in the mid 50s to lower 60s.

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