Pacific Northwest sees stormy end to 2019

January 1, 2020 GMT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Pacific Northwest is bidding farewell to 2019 with a stormy weather pattern that is bringing heavy rain, gusty winds and snow to the mountains.

Washington Department of Transportation officials temporarily closed the Hood Canal Bridge Tuesday morning and afternoon because of heavy winds with gusts from 40 to 50 mph.

Fire officials near Olympia in Lacey reported at about noon that a tree had fallen into a house, damaging the structure. No injuries were reported.

The National Weather Service in Seattle said windy conditions would continue into Wednesday night with gusts of 35 to 45 mph across much of Western Washington’s interior. Puget Sound Energy at about 6:45 p.m. reported over 12,000 customers without power in Western Washington. Flood watches were also issued with gale warnings for Puget Sound and at the coast.

In Spokane about 3.5 inches of snow had fallen since Monday. The snow then pushed into Idaho, where officials said up to 12 inches could fall in the mountains. KXLY-TV reported that winter weather had left more than 8,000 customers without power Tuesday afternoon in Northwestern Idaho.

In Oregon, gale warnings and high surf advisories were in effect Tuesday with up to 3 inches of rain expected in places. In the Cascade Mountains in southern Washington and in Oregon total snow accumulations of 8 to 15 inches were expected with gusty winds.