Road closures, flooding in Northwest due to rain, snow

SEATTLE (AP) — Rain, snow and flooding continued to cause problems in parts of Washington and Oregon, with several major roadways closed following more than a week of severe winter weather.

In Western Washington about 17,000 Puget Sound Energy customers remained without power Wednesday. The main east-west highway in Washington – Interstate 90 – was closed for a second day across Snoqualmie Pass in the Cascade Mountains.

In Oregon transportation officials closed west the westbound lanes of Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge due to icy conditions that caused numerous wrecks.

And the areas of around Portland, Oregon, and southwest saw flooded roadways after several inches of rain fell across the region in 24 hours.