The state is warning that Eastern Washington faces a run of dust storms and wildfires in coming months, thanks to a looming drought.
Forecasters say two weather systems Monday and Tuesday will drop up to 3 feet of new snow in the Cascades by early Wednesday, making driving difficult through the mountain passes.
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.
High winds early Monday have knocked out power for about 8,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in south King County and Thurston County.
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.
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.
After drying out for a few of days, Washington is in for more rain.
About 90 percent of the National Weather Service’s models are showing Thanksgiving Day as being relatively mellow. Skies should be mostly clear, and there might even be a patch of blue.
Residents in Washington and Oregon braced for more wet weather after a fierce storm swamped streets, toppled trees and large trucks, cut power to nearly 50,000 residents, and caused at least one death.