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Travel into, out of Sea-Tac Airport remains a challenge after winter storm, holiday rush

A winter storm resulted in delays and cancelations for "many" travelers Sunday into Monday.

SEATAC, Wash. — The snow storm that hit western Washington Sunday disrupted operations at Sea-Tac Airport.

There were a total of 475 delays on Sunday and 278 cancellations, according to FlightAware. 

Delays and cancellations continued Monday and could very well last through the week.

Port of Seattle representatives said they're doing what they can to keep things running as smoothly as possible, but factors such as weather are out of their control.

The port advises travelers to only go to the airport if they have a confirmed seat on a plane. 

On Sunday, the Knight family was supposed to be in Puerto Vallarta for a reunion. Their plans changes just before they expected their plane to take off.

"The plane next to us was being deiced and pushed out and actually took off," Richard Knight said. "All of a sudden, instead, our flight is canceled."

Hanna Sluder and her family were stuck at the airport for hours. They managed to get on their flight from Atlanta to Seattle, but arrived to icy conditions.

The family of six was stuck at the airport for hours because of the road conditions between Seatac and their home in Silverdale. The person who was supposed to pick them up couldn't leave their house.

"It's been a very long day," she said.

The timing of the winter storm couldn't be worse amid holiday travel and major airlines already canceling flights due to staffing shortages. 

A Sea-Tac representative said the storm hit the day before what is expected to be the busiest day at the airport this holiday season. An estimated 139,000 people were expected to travel through Sea-Tac on Dec. 27. More than 900,000 are expected between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1.

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