Gap winds stream into Snoqualmie Valley Friday morning, expected to hang around through the day

Puget Sound Energy reported that power was out to about to about 650 downtown Snoqualmie area customers early Friday morning, November 18, 2016.  But as quick as it went out – it restored around 8AM.

According to KOMO News Weather forecaster, Seth Wayne, said the Snoqualmie Valley will most likely stay ‘breezy’ much of Friday.

With a weather system approaching off the Washington Coast and high pressure to the east – a classic gap wind event appears to be upon the Snoqualmie Valley.

If you’re new to the area – this is what produces most of our big wind events in the Valley.  Easterly winds are sucked through the mountain passes as the low and high pressure systems attempt to equalize. This one is tame, though, compared to major gap winds of the past.

So far Friday, North Bend Elementary had picked up a 42MPH wind gust.  Before power went out this morning at Mount Si High School its weather station had picked up gusts in the mid 30’s. Sustained winds are around 20MPH.

So hang onto your hats folks – it’s going to be one of those long, windy days… a little bit beyond ‘breezy.’ I know that because my windows are rattling. But at least it’s not raining – yet, that is. Rain will move in tonight and hang around for the weekend.


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