Seattle flights affected by big Northwest snow storm

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Alaska Airlines is pre-emptively canceling or delaying some flights in and out of Seattle. The National Weather Service says the Seattle area could see between 4 and 6 inches of new snow from Friday afternoon into Saturday morning.

The company is offering a “flexible travel policy” for those who may be affected to re-book their tickets for certain travel dates. There is more information on Alaska Airlines’ web site, including how you can check the status of your flight.

“I can tell you we have pre-canceled some flights to limit the impact,” said Tim Thompson, a spokesperson for the airline. Thompson said affected customers have been contacted.

Thompson says the company pre-canceled one flight to Anchorage Friday afternoon, and one flight from Anchorage to Seattle Friday evening.

In a blog post on the airline’s web site, the company said any time there’s icy conditions and decreased visibility, it takes longer for aircraft to move around at the airport, “much like driving on the interstate during similar conditions.” The company also said it intentionally slows down ground operations, and must begin de-icing procedures any time there is snowfall on the aircraft.

The company says travelers should check the web site or the mobile app before traveling to the airport, which in Seattle could still take much more time than expected due to the icy and snowy conditions across the Seattle area.

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