Forecasters say snows are easing off Thursday in Western Washington and the Cascades but continuing in Eastern Washington.
Four cellphone tower workers stranded since Saturday in foul weather at the summit of Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon have been rescued.
The National Weather Service says the lowland snow showers in parts of Western Washington on Wednesday morning will turn to rain with high winds on the coast and northwest interior until Wednesday evening.
Some parts of the region are seeing their first snowflakes of the season. The National Weather Service says the light Tuesday morning accumulations will be short-lived but more showers are possible Wednesday with a chance of high winds in places.
The strongest Northwest storm of the season blew in early Monday on winds that gusted to more than 80 mph on the coast, knocking out power in places and creating blizzard-like conditions in the mountains.
Heavy snow in the Cascades is common this time of year, but forecasters were surprised by sudden bursts of snow Thursday.
Forecasters say cooler temperatures will follow Tuesday’s rain and blustery weather across Washington.
The National Weather Service says the Western Washington lowlands could get up to 1 inch of rain with 1 to 3 inches likely in the mountains.
If you’re are driving through the Washington Cascades Wednesday, you should expect periods of snow in the mountain passes.
Rain and wind pounded Washington and Oregon on Monday, flooding streets, toppling large trucks, cutting power to more than 20,000 people and causing at least one death.