Northwest snow cancels flights to/from Medford

Medford, Ore.- Alaska Airlines pre-canceled more than four dozen flights to Portland due to expected snow throughout the Pacific Northwest. The flights were canceled because of the possibility of freezing rain forecast Portland.

Of the approximately 50 flights canceled Thursday, a handful impacted travelers heading in and out of Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport.

The airline is preparing for inclement weather after a deicing issue Monday left some SeaTac customers waiting on the tarmac for up to three hours. Alaska said it couldn’t deice planes fast enough, causing a back-up.

With snow in the forecast again Thursday, Alaska says it will add staff and trucks to make the deicing process there go faster. The airline also says it has reworked its game plan to be more efficient.

Alaska is offering refunds and waiving its charges to change flights scheduled through Dec. 9.

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