Storm knocks out power to thousands; 50-60 mph gusts possible tonight

SEATTLE -- A storm knocked out power to thousands of people, mainly on the eastside, as rain and wind push into the Pacific Northwest.

Puget Sound Energy reported about 11,000 customers lost power Thursday morning. There were also scattered outages in Pierce County, Skagit County and the Olympia area. Power was restored to all but around 5,300 customers by 9 a.m.

The power outages forced several school closures/delays. Find an updated list here >>

December storms lined up

Round after round of rain, wind and mountain snow heads in through the weekend. Thursday will be breezy and wet.

The National Weather Service issued a High Wind Warning from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The strongest winds will be at the coast and north Interior with gusts near 60 mph. The Metro will have gusts near 40-45 mph Thursday afternoon.

It will be wet for all but most of the rain will be at the beach and north cascades. Friday will be mostly dry for the Metro but still nasty for the mountains.

Saturday will be wet and windy for all. Sunday has passing showers.

The snow level fluctuates between Snoqualmie pass and Stevens pass through the weekend so plan on wintry driving conditions in the mountains. This is a good pattern for the ski areas.

Snow forced some schools in the Tri-Cities area to close on Thursday.