A powerful blizzard dubbed Winter Storm Nemo by the Weather Channel is prompting airlines to cancel hundreds of flights to and from the Northeast Friday.
But only one flight leaving from Sea-Tac Friday for that part of the country has thus far been canceled.
A United Airlines flight originally scheduled to leave Sea-Tac Friday at 8:05 a.m. for Newark’s Liberty Airport has been canceled in anticipation of that storm. United has canceled a total of 517 flights to and from that New Jersey airport Friday .
Other airlines still have not canceled flights to the Northeast from Sea-Tac, although that could happen as the storm approaches the area.
Delta Airlines, for instance, said this afternoon it was still formulating its full reaction to the storm. Delta has already shut down 129 flights destined for Boston’s Logan Airport Friday, according to FlightAware.com.
The weather service is predicting high winds, low temperatures and up to two feet of snow for an area stretching from New Jersey to Maine. Both New York and Boston are expected to be hit by the storm.
In recent years, airlines have become more pro-active in preparing for weather events, canceling or rescheduling flights early and flying planes out of airports where they might be snowed in before the storms arrive.
Airlines typically allow passengers to rebook canceled flights within a few days of the storm’s end without penalties. Airline web sites have specific details.
Meanwhile, Amtrak has said it is also cutting back its schedule in the Northeast Corridor as the storm approaches, and cities have asked workers to head home early today or to work from home Friday to avoid getting stuck at work.