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February 21, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Howling Midwest storm delaying flights, including from Sea-Tac

With the Midwest being battered by a snowstorm  – and thunder and lightning adding to the pain  – flights through St. Louis, Kansas City,  Chicago and other airports are being delayed or canceled.

As of Thursday late morning, more than 600 flights had been canceled, according to FlightStats, thanks to what’s called Winter Storm Q.  Parts of Kansas already has more than a foot of snow and whiteout conditions

An American Airlines flight arrives at Lambert-St. Louis Airport on Thursday morning. St. Louis faces a vile mix of snow and freezing rain that’s hampering air (and road) travel. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Robert Cohen.)

Some flights to and from Sea-Tac Airport are among those  canceled, so doublecheck on flight status before heading to the airport. Alaska Airlines is among those halting  some  Midwest flights, and passengers can change Feb. 21-22 flights without penalties or cancel and get a full  refund. (The fine print for the change-fee waiver: Travel has to be booked and completed on or  before Feb. 26; tickets must be exchanged by Feb. 22.) American Airlines and other carriers have similar policies because of the snowstorm.

The storm is expected to move east into New England, so be prepared for possible flight delays in that region this weekend.

Makes the Seattle rain look kind of good , doesn’t it.

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