Wind storm brings more outages, downed trees

SEATTLE -- Strong winds knocked out power to thousands of western Washington residents Wednesday night, but it was quickly being restored around the region early Thursday.

Temperatures also have warmed across most of western Washington overnight - except for parts of Whatcom County where cold air remains. Bellingham airport warmed overnight - only to drop 15 degrees in 15 minutes when the wind switched directions, the National Weather Service reported.

Pockets of lowland snow continue through Friday.

The areas with the most snow will be the Hood Canal and North Interior again.

Isolated thunderstorms are in the forecast too with hail/graupel. The mountains get tons and tons of new snow through the weekend for more pass closures.

The metro warms enough during the day that any snow that falls will melt, but the neighborhoods that picked up 15 to 25 inches of snow will keep getting more even into the weekend. A major winter storm keeps on giving!

Whatcom County and Bellingham have a dozen temporary shelters open through the winter to provide people experiencing homelessness refuge.

For more information on shelter options in the area click here.