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Alaska Air backlog, high local winds causing flight, event cancellations

Posted: January 20, 2012 - 4:18pm
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Airline travelers sleep on the benches at the Juneau International Airport Friday morning. Snow and ice in Seattle, along with high winds in Juneau, have delayed and canceled flights for Alaska Airlines, Juneau only major carrier.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Airline travelers sleep on the benches at the Juneau International Airport Friday morning. Snow and ice in Seattle, along with high winds in Juneau, have delayed and canceled flights for Alaska Airlines, Juneau only major carrier.

Poor weather conditions in both Seattle and Juneau, along with a pre-existing backlog of passengers from Alaska Airlines flights canceled Wednesday and Thursday are continuing to force scrubbings of not just flights, but events in Juneau as well.

All Alaska Air flights from Juneau to Seattle for Friday have been canceled, save one. That flight, No. 66, is still scheduled to leave Juneau at 8 p.m. and arrive in Seattle at 10:16 p.m., according to the airline’s website, alaskaair.com. Four Friday flights from Seattle to Juneau have been canceled. Flights 67 and 69, scheduled to arrive in Juneau at 7:10 p.m. and 9:23 p.m., respectively, are still planned, according to the Alaska Air website.

Seating on flights between Seattle and Juneau on Friday night is booked. Saturday seats are filling fast.

Two flights scheduled from Anchorage to Juneau on Friday were grounded because of high winds. Two later flights, Nos. 66 and 70, are still scheduled to arrive in Juneau at 7:18 p.m. and 9:35 p.m., respectively. Three Friday flights from Juneau to Anchorage were wiped, while Flight 67 remains scheduled to leave Juneau for Anchorage at 7:50 p.m.

All passengers are encouraged by Alaska Airlines to visit the company’s website before leaving for the airport to ensure flight statuses have not changed.

A high wind warning remains in effect for Juneau until 5 a.m. Saturday. The National Weather Service reports gusts of up to 77 mph have hit the Douglas Boat Harbor, and gusts of up to 70 mph are predicted throughout Friday night. Gusts of up to 50 mph are on tap for Saturday, according to the service.

Current conditions at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport reflect temperatures of 39 degrees, along with light rain and fog, according to the service. Conditions at Sea-Tac are expected to remain wet, with above freezing temps, through at least Monday.

On the ground, the Juneau-Douglas High School hockey game scheduled for tonight has been canceled, as Fairbanks’ West Valley High School could not get in to town. Varsity games against the Wolfpack will be played Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. One junior varsity game is set for 7 p.m. Saturday at Treadwell Arena. Saturday’s varsity game will also be senior appreciation night.

Another area sports team has had to shuffle its schedule. The Thunder Mountain High School boys’ basketball team will not play Mt. Edgecumbe tonight at 7:30 p.m. as planned. The Falcons and Braves hope to meet Saturday, and have received permission from the Alaska State Activities Association to play on Sunday. Times for those games have not been set.

A presentation by researcher Jim Darling about whale songs scheduled for Friday night at the University of Alaska Southeast is also postponed, because Darling is unable to reach Juneau.

“We look forward to hosting Dr. Darling for a presentation at a future date,” UAS Chancellor John Pugh stated in a release.

The ferry LeConte canceled its sailings from Juneau to Haines and then Skagway today. For more information, call the Alaska Marine Highway System at 800-642-0066.

A scheduled drill team clinic featuring 2002 JDHS graduate Genevieve Carson has moved to next week, as Carson was unable to reach Juneau.

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