Strong Fall Storm Moves in; North Bend Records 68mph Gust, Snow Predicted at Snoqualmie Pass Sunday

Update, 11/2/2013, 4PM:

North Bend recorded a wind gust of 68mph and downtown Snoqualmie, at Mount Si HS, 48mph.  Tops of trees were breaking on Snoqualmie Ridge.

There was a sidewalk tree down on SE Swenson Drive.  Ernie’s Grove was blocked by a large tree down across North Fork Road, dangling over power lines.  (911 was called about the tree.) North Bend Way had a pedestrian cross light dangling in the street.  A reader also reported a tree down on SR 202 below Snoqualmie Falls, near the gun range and a power pole and lines were down at  the corner of SE 96th street and Snoqualmie Parkway –  near I-90.

Puget Sound Energy reported more than 105,000 customers were without power as of 4PM, November 2, 2013,  with 50,000 in North King County. They were working hard for restoration, but ask that customers with them . Outages were reported in  the Snoqualmie Valley including Fall City (Fish Hatchery Rd area) and North Bend.

Tree down over North Fork Road, entrance into Ernies Grove, 11/2/13

Tree down over North Fork Road, entrance into Ernies Grove, 11/2/13. Photo by Martin Tuip.

Tree down on SE Swenson Drive on Snoqualmie Ridge, 11/2/13

Tree down on SE Swenson Drive on Snoqualmie Ridge, 11/2/13

 

Pedestrian light down across North Bend Way, 11/2/13.  Photo by Berry Rogers

Pedestrian light down across North Bend Way, 11/2/13. Photo by Berry Rogers

Power pole and lines down at corner of of SE 96th Ave and Snoqualmie Parkway, 11/2/13.

Power pole and lines down at corner of of SE 96th Ave and Snoqualmie Parkway, 11/2/13.

 

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It’s windy at my house.   Yes, weather forecasters said it would happen, but often times it doesn’t end up as bad as they predict – so you just wait and see.

But the weather guys appear to have nailed this storm.  Things are blowing around in my yard, which means the gusts are at least 35MPH.sattelite

A strong area of low pressure is moving into the Puget Sound area this morning, November 2, 2013, exactly when it was predicted to arrive and exactly as strong as predicted.

A wind advisory is up for the Snoqualmie Valley – nothing new for the area – and is in effect until 8PM, November 2nd.  According to the National Weather Service, the strongest winds are expected late this morning through early evening – with things calming down tonight.

As of 9AM, North Bend Elementary has already picked up a wind gust of 56MPH. Just two miles away at Mount Si High School, they’ve only registered a 23MPH gust.  Scattered power outages are beginning to be reported as close as Issaquah.

Behind today’s low pressure system, colder air arrives and lowers the snow level to 3,000 feet tonight and then even lower on Sunday, to 2,500 feet, which means it will be snowing at Snoqualmie Pass.  A winter weather advisory is in effect for the pass with 6-11 inches of snow predicted.

 

 

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