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 is hard at work keeping the runways clear and the planes moving safely for you. Watch this page and check the resources below to stay up to date on airport operations.

Status Updates

December 23, 7:45 pm

As temperatures continue to rise, we anticipate returning to near normal operations tomorrow, Dec. 23. Please be sure to continue checking with your airlines prior to leaving for the airport and follow up directly with them for any delays, cancellations, or reschedules.

December 23, 3:40 pm

Another runway (16R) is now open… that makes 2(of 3)! Airlines are working hard to get their aircraft out safely. We appreciate all the teams assisting in these difficult conditions. As always, remember to check with your airlines before heading into the airport!

December 23, 11:25 am

We are continuing to keep the runway (16L) and adjoining taxiways clear as our snow crews de-ice and keep things safe. We have seen some takeoffs/landings as airline operations trickle in and out. We will work on more runways as the weather warms and improves. Please be sure to check with your airline.

Plane taking off

December 23, 9:30 am

Crews are continuing to work to clear the airfield of ice. Thanks to our teams for keeping things safe!

Plows at SEA on airfield

December 23, 7 am

Currently one runway (16L) has opened after being de-iced. It is limited operations and will continue to be weather dependent as safety is always the main priority. Travelers should continue to monitor their flights and stay in touch with airlines.

December 23, 5 am

The runways are currently closed indefinitely due to freezing rain and temps. Crews are working to de-ice the surfaces as quickly and safely as possible. Safety is the top priority before the runways can reopen. Be sure to check with your airlines for further updates on your specific flight.

December 22, 5 pm

We are watching the forecast closely. We’re prepared for the upcoming winter weather. SEA taxiways and runways have been treated with deicer in anticipation of cold weather and possible freezing rain. Check with your airline for specific flight information.

December 22, 3:45 pm

We are ready for you — are you prepared for takeoff? Here are some SEA suggestions for speeding up your holiday travel:

  • Arrive early! Allow extra time if you’re parking in the airport garage or checking bags
  • Download or update the flySEA app — it has live security checkpoint wait times!
  • Use SEA Spot Saver to reserve your spot in the TSA line
  • Simplify your security experience — don’t pre-wrap your gifts (we have free wrapping available in the Central Terminal)
  • If possible, limit your checked bags

Get more travel tips here.

December 22, 2022, 9:30 am

TSA security checkpoints are currently experiencing long wait times. Please arrive at the airport early and check the flySEA app for the latest checkpoint wait times. Staff will direct you to the fastest line. If part of a trusted traveler program, please use your dedicated lane and checkpoint for screening. Lines may stretch into the parking garage if needed for spacing, so prepare for cold temperatures while you wait.

December 21, 2022, 11:30 am

Brrr — it’s cold out there! Temperatures at SEA are predicted to drop even more, according to the National Weather Service. The surfaces on the airfield are currently bare and wet. We continue to monitor the weather and treat surfaces for ice.

Reminder, check with your airline for flight schedules.

December 20, 2022, 3:30 pm

The ground is currently wet and bare at SEA but we’re continuing to monitor the forecast. Reminder: airlines manage their own flight schedules and aircraft deicing operations (if necessary) 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 is expected later in the day. De-icing operations are currently in effect. Please check with your airline for any schedule changes or cancellations since airlines pre-cancelled a number of flights for today.

December 19, 2022, 4:00 pm

SEA Airport is open and operating with no impact on operations. The 8th floor of the parking garage has been treated and is open for use!

Resources

SEA Flight Status Online

Check the flight widget on the SEA Airport page. This is the same information seen on the in-terminal flight information displays and comes from the airlines.

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

Check with your airline

Airport Drive Cams

FlySEA App

  • Download the FlySEA App for your iOS and Android platforms to get updates on your flight and Checkpoint Wait Times.

SEA Airport Social Media

SEA Airport Text Alerts

  • Text YES1 to 27829 to receive regular updates and alerts on SEA Airport operations and services
  • See the text alerts terms and conditions

Flight Aware’s Flight Cancellations Page

  • This site tracks daily airport delays and cancellations.
  • You track SEA flight statusinput KSEA into the Filter all Stats by airport box.

Weather Conditions at SEA Airport

Holiday Hours for Dining and Retail at SEA

Please check the flySEA app for locations of the concessionaires below:

Dining and Retail Shop Christmas Eve Christmas Day New Year’s Eve New Year’s Day
Africa Lounge Reg Hours Reg Hours 6–2 p.m Reg Hours
Beechers Reg Hours 5:30 am–4 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Brewtop Social Reg Hours 5 am– 9 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Art Cafe Reg Hours Reg Open–8 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Costa Coffee Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours
Dish D’Lish Reg Hours Reg Open–9 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Dungeness Bay Reg Hours Reg Open–8 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Evergreens Reg–3:00 pm 10am–Reg Close Reg Hours Reg Hours
ExOfficio Reg Open–3:00 pm 6 am–6 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Fireworks – Central Terminal 5:30am–6pm 5 am–6 pm 5:30 am– 6 pm 5:30am–6pm
Fireworks – D Gates 6 am–6 pm 6 am–6 pm 6:00 am–6 pm 6 am–6 pm
Floret Dine-in Reg Hours 6 am–1 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Floret Grab-n-go Reg Hours 4:30 am–1 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Hachiko Reg Hours Reg Open–8 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
InMotion – A & D Gates Reg Hours Reg Open–4 pm Reg Hours Reg Open–8 pm
Mountain Room Reg Hours 6 am–2 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Natalie’s Candy Jar Reg Hours 8 am–6 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
New Stand 4:30 am–9 pm 4:30 am–9 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Open Space Taproom Reg Hours Reg Open–4 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Ball Reg Hours Reg Open–6 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Planewear Reg Hours 6 am–4 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Rel’Lish Reg Hours Reg Open–8 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Salty’s at SEA Reg Hours 6 am–7 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
SEA Roast Reg Hours 4:30 am–4 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Seattle Chocolates 6 am–4 pm 6 am–2 pm 6 am–6 pm 8 am–9:30 pm
Seattle Made 7 am–3:30 pm 7 am–3:30 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Show Pony 8 am–4 pm Closed 8 am–4 pm Closed
Skillet Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours
Smart Cards 8 am–6:00 pm 8 am–6 pm Reg Hours 8 am–6 pm
sodoPOP Reg Hours 8 am–6 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Starbucks – At the Gates Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours
Starbucks – B Gates Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours
Starbucks – C Gates Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours
Starbucks – D Gates Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours
Starbucks – Evenings Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours Reg Hours
Stonehouse Reg Hours Reg Open–10:00 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Sub Pop 8 am–4 pm 10am–4pm 8 am–4 pm 8 am–4 pm
Subway Reg Hours 6 am–8 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Swarovski 6 am–8 pm 6 am–8 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Terminal Getaway – C Gates 8 am–1 pm 8 am–1 pm 8 am–1 pm Reg Hours
Trailhead BBQ Reg Hours 5 am–9 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Tundra Taqueria Reg Hours 6 am–8 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours
Wendy’s 6 am–6 pm 6 am–6 pm Reg Hours Reg Hours

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