Alerts and advisories

February Freeze 2021

Sunday, February 14, 2021 – 6 a.m.

Restoration efforts continue

Crews and support staff continue their efforts to restore power to those who remain out as a result of this weekend’s strong winds and heavy snowfall. More than 32,000 customer outages have been restored since the beginning of the storm.

In some areas, access to damage due to heavy snow, downed trees and branches, remains an issue. Based on the current level of damage assessments, we expect power to be restored to the remaining customers during these time frames:

  • King County: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday 2/14

Our Emergency Coordination Center and storm bases remain open. We know it’s difficult to be without power, especially on cold winter days, and are working as quickly as we can to make repairs—with safety as our top priority.

A new weather system is forecasted to move into the region on Sunday, with the potential to cause additional outages and slow restoration efforts. Our teams are monitoring the forecast and preparing to respond if new outages occur.

For information on local warming shelters, please check your local government’s website or call 211 for local resources. Please note that many have altered their services due to COVID-19, so check before heading out.

The best place to find outage restoration times is by checking the PSE outage map at pse.com/outagemap, or by using the myPSE app. Regular updates and restoration times are posted as they are available.


Safety first:

  • Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.

If you are without power, remember:

  • Never use a natural gas range for heating, or charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source.
  • If you’re using portable heaters, keep them away from furniture, draperies and other flammable materials.
  • Always use flashlights instead of candles.

Report and track power outages and more online:

  • Previous updates

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 – 6 p.m.

    Outage conditions – Saturday

    As expected, the winter storm brought several inches of snow to our region, but has been tapering off this afternoon. Winds have also subsided this afternoon. A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 9 p.m. for parts of our area. A new system is slated to move into the region late Sunday, with warm air pushing north. The timing of the change from snow to rain is still uncertain as well as the precipitation type.

    The windy weather and heavy snowfall caused outages around our service area, primarily in South and East King County as well as Thurston County. Our local storm bases in North King, South King and Thurston County and our Emergency Coordination Center remain open to coordinate restoration efforts.

    Our crews have made good progress today, but in some cases, they restored power to customers only to see new outages as limbs and trees collapsed under the added pressure of more snow. Since the storm began, crews have restored power to nearly 23,000 customers.

    We’ll be working as quickly and safely as we can to restore power but it’s going to take time due to access issue because of the snow and unsafe weather conditions. Our first step in restoring power is damage assessment: getting a look at what’s been done to the system and determining the extent of repairs that are needed. Based on the current level of damage assessments, we expect power to be restored to the remaining customers during these time frames:

    • King County: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday 2/14
    • Thurston County: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday 2/14

    We know customers need information to make plans. It will take time to understand the extent of the damage and provide information as to when restoration can be expected. We understand how difficult it is to be without power. Our crews are working as quickly as they can to safely assess damage and make repairs to equipment.

    For information on local warming shelters, please head to your local government’s website or call 211 for local resources. Please note that many have altered their services due to COVID-19, so please check before heading out.

    The best place to find outage restoration times is by checking the PSE outage map at pse.com/outagemap, or by using the myPSE app. Regular updates and restoration times are posted as they are available.


    Saturday, February 13, 2021 – Noon

    Outage conditions – Saturday

    As expected, the winter storm has brought several inches of snow to our region and more is forecast today, gradually tapering from south to north across the region this afternoon. Winds will also gradually subside across the region this afternoon. A winter storm warning will remain in effect until 4 PM tonight.

    The windy weather has caused outages around our service area, primarily in South and East King County especially the Enumclaw and Snoqualmie areas. We’ve opened our local storm bases in North King, South King and Thurston County and our Emergency Coordination Center to coordinate restoration efforts.

    We are early on in this storm event, and we will be restoring power as we can. Our first step in restoring power is damage assessment: getting a look at what’s been done to the system and determining the extent of repairs that are needed. The process takes time, especially when access remains an issue due to snow and unsafe weather conditions, as we’re seeing today.

    We know customers need information to make plans. It will take time to understand the extent of the damage and provide information as to when restoration can be expected. We understand how difficult it is to be without power. Our crews are working as quickly as they can to safely assess damage and make repairs to equipment.

    For information on local warming shelters, please head to your local government’s website or call 211 for local resources. Please note that many have altered their services due to COVID-19, so please check before heading out.

    The best place to find outage restoration times is by checking the PSE outage map at pse.com/outagemap, or by using the myPSE app. Regular updates and restoration times are posted as they are available.


    Saturday, February 13, 2021 – 7 a.m.

    Outage conditions

    As expected, the winter storm has brought several inches of snow to our region and more is forecast today. The National Weather Service expects the heaviest snow in the next 2 hours. The wind is expected to subside late this morning. Winter storm warning will remain in effect until 4 PM tonight.

    The windy weather has caused outages around our service area, primarily in South and East King County especially the Enumclaw and Snoqualmie areas. We’ve opened our local storm bases in North King and South King County and our Emergency Coordination Center to coordinate restoration efforts.

    We are early on in this storm event, and we will be restoring power as we can. Our first step in restoring power is damage assessment: getting a look at what’s been done to the system and determining the extent of repairs that are needed. The process takes time, especially when access remains an issue due to snow and unsafe weather conditions, as we’re seeing this morning.

    We know customers need information to make plans. It will take some time to understand the extent of the damage and provide information as to when restoration can be expected. We understand how difficult it is to be without power. Our crews are working as quickly as they can to safely assess damage and make repairs to equipment.


Repairs at SE 96th ST, Snoqualmie

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damage and repairs.

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Safety first. Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.

Report and track power outages online