Thousands without power following Northwest storms

SEATTLE (AP) — Tens of thousands of people were without power in Washington state and there were concerns about flooding in the western Washington and Oregon as snow turned to rain in many parts of the Pacific Northwest.

The National Weather Service reports that Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has received 20.2 inches (51 centimeters) of snow so far in February, the snowiest month in more than 50 years. Warming temperatures on Tuesday brought relief from the snow, but also new concerns as heavy tree branches snapped and contributed to power outages and closed some roads.

About 11,000 Seattle City Light and 72,000 Puget Sound Energy customers were without power. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch for northwest Oregon and parts of Washington through Wednesday morning.