Passengers stranded at Sea-Tac Airport after a ground stop at PDX

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Nearly a foot of snow fell on Portland late Tuesday night – diverting about a dozen flights to Sea-Tac Airport.

KIRO 7 News’ Jeff Dubois talked to passengers who had a relatively sleepless night.

Portland International is opening Tuesday morning, but many people are waiting at Sea-Tac until around noon. However, it mostly depends on how things progress at Portland International and where maintenance workers are trying to keep the runway clear of snow.

Passengers KIRO 7 News talked to said when they arrived at Sea-Tac, it was so late they decided not to get a hotel. Some talked about renting a car or taking a bus down to Portland.

The National Weather Service in Portland reported that the 6.5" of snow that fell at its office in NE PDX Tuesday evening will go down as ninth most snow in a calendar day at PDX since 1940.

The city could get an additional 12 inches on Wednesday. 

In Washington state, KIRO 7 meteorologist, a little snow from the Portland snowstorm continues into Lewis County and around Eatonville while the snow farther north being detected by radar is mainly being dissipated by dry air before it reaches the ground.  

For Thurston, Lewis and mountain areas of King and Pierce counties, a Winter Weather Advisory has been issued though this is mainly light snow across the south where a couple inches has accumulated in Chehalis and Eatonville.  

"Don't be surprised then if you see more minor accumulations in Yelm, Tenino, Graham and surrounding areas."Don't be surprised then if you see more minor accumulations in Yelm, Tenino, Graham and surrounding areas," Allard said.

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