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Overnight Friday, February 12th through Saturday morning, February 13, 2021, approximately up to 6 inches of snow fell in various areas of North Bend.
According to the City’s Public Works Department, snow did not start building up until very early Saturday morning. The snow was accompanied by sustained strong winds with some significant gusts that knocked out power to various North Bend neighborhoods. The wind is expected to ease later today.
Public Works crews had been closely monitoring conditions and were ready to respond. The City had two snowplows running as of 6AM, increasing to three plows as of 8:30AM.
Plow drivers have reported some roads with no snow and other City roads with up to a foot due to snow drifts. The hilly Forester Woods neighborhood required the most road treatment, which is often the case during North Bend snow events.
Early Saturday morning, about 1,500 North Bend homes were without power. According to the PSE outage map, power has been restored to all but about 200 homes – most of those in the Riverbend area. Tanner Electric is currently not reporting any North Bend outages.
See the City of North Bend Snowplow Priority Route Map for Priority 1, 2, and 3 routes to understand the order in which City roads are plowed.
Note: City policy is to not use anti-icer/de-icer on streets due to the concern for the Snoqualmie aquifer, drinking water quality, and potential adverse impact to public health. The City’s sand has salt mixed within it to expedite the thaw. It is also City policy to not provide sand on flat streets.
Temperatures are predicted to warm in the next couple of days – a little bit on Sunday and then more on Monday and Tuesday, resulting in melting snow.
The Public Works Department will continue to monitor weather and road conditions throughout the weekend and more updates will be provided as needed.