WENATCHEE — November came in like a lion Saturday, starting with wind and rain, and continuing with snow in higher elevations around North Central Washington.
Downed trees blocked both lanes of Highway 2, just west of Index.
Power lines in the roadway also closed Highway 2 just west of Coulee City, at its junction with Highway 17. Highway 17 north of Soap Lake to Highway 2 also closed, but reopened early Sunday morning.
The storm hit Western Washington hard Saturday morning, with wind gusts up to 65 mph, knocking out power to some 46,000 customers, and closing several roads, including the Highway 520 bridge in Seattle.
Wenatchee got a softer version — wind gusts up to 47 mph were recorded at Pangborn Memorial Airport in East Wenatchee, said National Weather Service meteorologist Jeffrey Cote.
Forecasters said mountain passes could get the first significant snow of the season. But by Sunday morning, only light snow had fallen at both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes, according to the state Department of Transportation. The agency reported snow on the roadway over the North Cascades Highway.
Friday was the first day when studded tires are allowed, and travelers are warned to be prepared for wintry weather.