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Flight Cancellations Tapering Off At SeaTac And PDX

The worst appears to be over in terms of flight disruptions from Wednesday's winter storm in the Pacific Northwest. Earlier today , air carriers including Alaska Airlines and SkyWest "proactively" cancelled dozens of flights in and out of Seattle and Portland.

SeaTac Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says there are relatively few marooned passengers wandering the terminals.

"We've had about 80 to 85 cancellations during the day," Cooper says. "It sounds like a lot, but actually compared to the number of operations we have daily — which is 800 — it's only about 10 percent of flights."

Cooper says SeaTac airport staff are proud they kept at least two of three runways open throughout the snowfall.

All of the major airlines advise travelers to sign up for flight status alerts. An airline can then let you know about potential delays via a text or email to your cellphone.

The ripple effects of earlier cancellations may cascade throughout flight schedules for the remainder of the day today.

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Copyright 2012 Northwest News Network

Tom Banse covers national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be found online and heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.