Snow in Western Washington; Portland records wettest December with latest deluge

SEATTLE (AP) — A morning deluge pushed Portland's December rainfall into record territory and brought afternoon snow to some Seattle and Tacoma suburbs as strong winds downed power lines and closed sections of highway in yet another round of storms.

The National Weather Service predicted heavy rain and unusually strong winds Monday for much of western Oregon and southwest Washington. Heavy snow remains in the forecast for in the Cascades.

Portland General Electric reports that more than 30,000 customers lost power as strong winds take down trees.

In Portland, it's rained every day this month and the National Weather Service says it adds up to 13.5 inches as of Monday morning. That breaks the previous December record of 13.35 inches set in 1996.

Precipitation is expected to continue through at least Thursday.