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.
Wet and windy weather with mountain snow will continue this week in Washington, but there may be a lull for turkeys to land on Thanksgiving Day tables, forecasters said.
Drivers crossing the Washington Cascades are likely to see the first snow of the season this weekend in the mountain passes.
The National Weather Service reports .73 of an inch at Sea-Tac Airport broke the record of .59 set in 1948.
Plenty of snow in the mountains means it should be a good year for the water supply in Washington.