SEA Airport Traveler Update: December 23, 2022

This page will be updated with information on winter weather impacts on operations at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

The SEA Snow team works hard to keep runways clear and aircraft safe. Check out this page and resources below to stay up-to-date on airport operations.

Status updates

December 23, 7:45 pm

As the temperature continues to rise, tomorrow, Dec. We expect to return to normal operations on the 23rd. Always check with your airlines before heading to the airport and contact them directly if there are any delays, cancellations or rescheduling.

December 23, 3:40 PM

Another runway (16R) is now open…that’s 2(of3)! Airlines are working hard to get their planes out safely. We appreciate all the teams who helped in this difficult situation. As always, remember to check with your airlines before entering the airport!

December 23, 11:25 am

We keep the runway (16L) and adjacent taxiways clear as our snow crews clear the snow and keep things safe. We have seen quite a few takeoffs/landings as flight operations bounce in and out. As the weather warms and improves we will work on more runways. Please check with your airline.

The plane takes off

December 23, 9:30 am

Crews continue to de-ice the airport. Thanks to our teams for keeping things safe!

Sea plowing at the airport

December 23, 7 am

Currently one runway (16L) is open after de-icing. It will continue to be weather dependent as limited operations and safety is always the top priority. Passengers should keep track of their flights and stay in touch with airlines.

December 23, 5 am

The runways are currently closed indefinitely due to snow and temperatures. Crews are working to de-ice surfaces as quickly and safely as possible. Safety is a priority before the runways reopen. Check with your airlines for more updates on your specific flight.

December 22, 5 pm

We are closely monitoring the forecast. We are ready for the upcoming winter weather. SEA taxiways and runways have been treated with deicer in anticipation of cold weather and freezing rain. Contact your airline for specific flight information.

December 22, 3:45 PM

We’re ready for you – are you ready to go? Some SEA recommendations to speed up your vacation travel:

  • Come quickly! Allow extra time if you park in an airport garage or check bags
  • Download or update the flySEA app – it has live security checkpoint wait times!
  • Use the SEA Spot Saver to reserve your spot in the TSA line
  • Simplify your security experience — don’t pre-wrap your gifts (free wrapping is available at the Central Terminal)
  • Limit checked bags if possible
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Get more travel tips here.

December 22, 2022, 9:30 am

TSA security checkpoints currently experience long wait times. Arrive at the airport early and check the flySEA app for the latest checkpoint wait times. The staff will direct you to the fastest line. If part of the Trusted Traveler program, use your dedicated lane and checkpoint for screening. Lines may extend into the parking garage if needed for breaks, so prepare for chilly temperatures while you wait.

December 21, 2022, 11:30 am

Brrrr — it’s cold out there! According to the National Weather Service, temperatures in SEA are forecast to drop further. Airport surfaces are currently bare and wet. We are constantly monitoring the weather and treating surfaces for ice.

Reminder, check with your airline for flight schedules.

December 20, 2022, 3:30 PM

The ground is currently wet and bare in SEA, but we continue to monitor the forecast. Reminder: Airlines manage their own flight schedules and flight deicing operations (if applicable), so check with them for any changes or cancellations to your specific flight.

December 20, 2022, 7:30 am

No snow on the ground but expected later in the day. De-icing operations are currently underway. As airlines have canceled many flights early today, please contact your airline for any schedule changes or cancellations.

December 19, 2022, 4:00 PM

SEA Airport remains open and operating without any impact on operations. The 8th floor of the parking garage has been treated and is open for use!

resources

SEA Flight Status Online

Check out the flight widget on the SEA Airports page. This is the same information found on in-terminal flight information displays and from airlines.

  • You can check the status of specific flights, or delays to or from another airport.
  • For example, to check for flight delays or cancellations to Chicago, select Chicago Airport under Arrivals and Departures and leave Flight blank.

Check with your airline

Airport Drive Cameras

FlySEA App

  • Download the FlySEA app for your iOS and Android platforms to receive updates on your flight and checkpoint wait times.

SEA Airport Social Media

SEA Airport Text Alerts

  • Text Yes 1 to 27829 To receive regular updates and alerts on SEA airport operations and services
  • Text Warnings See Terms and Conditions

FlightAware’s Flight Cancellations page

  • The site tracks airport delays and cancellations daily.
  • To track SEA flight status, enter KSEA in the box to filter all statistics by airport.

Weather conditions at SEA Airport

Holiday season for food and retail in SEA

See the flySEA app for concessionaire locations below:

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Food and retail outlet Christmas Eve Christmas day New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day
Africa Lounge Rec time Rec time 6-2 p.m Rec time
Beechers Rec time 5:30 AM to 4 PM Rec time Rec time
Brewtop Social Rec time 5 am – 9 pm Rec time Rec time
Cafe d’arte Rec time Registration opens – 8 p.m Rec time Rec time
Costa Coffee Rec time Rec time Rec time Rec time
Dish d’Lish Rec time Reg Open – 9pm Rec time Rec time
Dungeness Bay Rec time Registration opens – 8 p.m Rec time Rec time
Evergreens Reg-3:00 pm 10 am – Close Reg Rec time Rec time
ExOfficio Registration Open – 3:00 p.m 6 am – 6 pm Rec time Rec time
Fireworks – Central Terminal 5:30 AM to 6 PM 5 am – 6 pm 5:30 am – 6 pm 5:30 AM to 6 PM
Fireworks – De Gates 6 am – 6 pm 6 am – 6 pm 6:00 am – 6 pm 6 am – 6 pm
Florette Dine-In Rec time 6 am – 1 pm Rec time Rec time
Floret Grab-n-go Rec time 4:30 a.m. – 1 p.m Rec time Rec time
Hachiko Rec time Registration opens – 8 p.m Rec time Rec time
InMotion – A&T Gates Rec time Reg open – 4 p.m Rec time Registration opens – 8 p.m
Mountain Room Rec time 6 am-2 pm Rec time Rec time
Natalie’s Candy Jar Rec time 8 am – 6 pm Rec time Rec time
New stand 4:30 AM to 9 PM 4:30 AM to 9 PM Rec time Rec time
Open air taproom Rec time Reg open – 4 p.m Rec time Rec time
Pauline Rec time Reg open – 6 p.m Rec time Rec time
Flight suits Rec time 6 am – 4 pm Rec time Rec time
Relish Rec time Registration opens – 8 p.m Rec time Rec time
SEA contains salt Rec time 6 am – 7 pm Rec time Rec time
Seafood Grill Rec time 4:30 AM to 4 PM Rec time Rec time
Seattle Chocolates 6 am – 4 pm 6 am-2 pm 6 am – 6 pm 8am-9:30pm
Made in Seattle 7 AM to 3:30 PM 7 AM to 3:30 PM Rec time Rec time
Show me the pony 8 am – 4 pm Closed 8 am – 4 pm Closed
Skillet Rec time Rec time Rec time Rec time
Smart card 8 am – 6:00 pm 8 am – 6 pm Rec time 8 am – 6 pm
Sotopop Rec time 8 am – 6 pm Rec time Rec time
Starbucks – a Gates Rec time Rec time Rec time Rec time
Starbucks – B Gates Rec time Rec time Rec time Rec time
Starbucks – C Gates Rec time Rec time Rec time Rec time
Starbucks – De Gates Rec time Rec time Rec time Rec time
STARBUCKS – EVENING Rec time Rec time Rec time Rec time
Stonehouse Rec time Registration Open – 10:00 p.m Rec time Rec time
Sub Pop 8 am – 4 pm 10 am – 4 pm 8 am – 4 pm 8 am – 4 pm
Tunnel Rec time 6 am – 8 pm Rec time Rec time
Swarovski 6 am – 8 pm 6 am – 8 pm Rec time Rec time
Terminal Getaway – C Gates 8 am – 1 pm 8 am – 1 pm 8 am – 1 pm Rec time
Trailhead BBQ Rec time 5 am – 9 pm Rec time Rec time
Tundra daguria Rec time 6 am – 8 pm Rec time Rec time
Wendy’s 6 am – 6 pm 6 am – 6 pm Rec time Rec time
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