Ice Storm Cripples West Side - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Ice Storm Cripples West Side; Affects Flights In/Out Of Spokane

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SEATTLE, Wash (AP) - Freezing rain has followed heavy snow in western Washington, causing icy roads and power outages. The National Weather Service has issued an ice storm warning until noon Thursday for the Seattle area and southwest Washington. Ice closed Sea-Tac Airport.

Spokeswoman Charla Skaggs told KOMO Radio airlines would likely cancel flights because taxiways remain a problem even as runways are de-iced.

The closure of Sec-Tac affected flights in and out of Spokane International Airport with several Alaska flights departing to and arriving from Seattle delayed or cancelled.

For a complete rundown of the current delays/cancellations out of Spokane, CLICK HERE.

Spokane International Airport spokesman Todd Woodard told KHQ that flights until 10 a.m. are canceled except those between Seattle and Hawaii, the Midwest, East Coast and Mexico. Additional flights are expected to be canceled throughout the day.

Passengers booked on canceled flights into or out of Seattle may rebook at alaskaair.com prior to Jan. 22 without change fees or apply for a full refund of the unused portion of their ticket.

Alaska Airlines urged customers traveling on later flights into and out of Seattle to check alaskaair.com before leaving for the airport.

Tickets must be exchanged and travel completed by Jan. 22, 2012. The airline is reaching out to passengers affected by the canceled flights.

The ice storm warning covers Seattle, Tacoma, Bremerton, the east Puget Sound lowlands, Olympia, the lower Chehalis Valley and central coast, including Hoquiam. Forecasters expect up to four-tenths of an inch of ice before temperatures rise above freezing by afternoon.

The Transportation Department has closed Highway 18 near Issaquah because of falling trees.

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