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Rain and snowpack melt raising chances of springtime flooding



SNOW ON THE SIMCOES: Snowpack conditions in Washington are being closely watched.

El Niño did a number on Washington State this past month with temperatures ranging from 5-15 degrees warmer than normal. However rain was plentiful in most areas of the state. According to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, this combination not only melted low and mid elevation snow but also led to a decline in snowpack percentages.

"The decline in snowpack was due to the lack of normal snow accumulation for February and not the melt. These conditions also attributed to the sharp increase in snowpack density, or quantity of water in the snow, which means that we are about a month ahead of where we should be," said NRCS Water Supply Specialist, Scott Pattee.

According to Pat...

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