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Snowfall In Mountains Now Higher Than Average

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YAKIMA, Wash. - Both the Tri-Cities and Yakima were hit with snow this week, but area mountains got pelted with even more.

Now experts say the higher regions have more snow than average for this time of year.  

The Natural Resources Conservation Service says snowpack in the mountains is now about 150 percent above average.

That's a big turn around from estimates earlier this year, which predicted a very dry winter. Some growers here in the state were concerned about a possible lack of irrigation water.

While the news of the snowfall is encouraging, they're still reserving judgment until later this year.

"Normally though, we get the majority of our moisture out of our snow packs in the month of March and, so, we have a long ways to go and I would expect that we'll probably have a decent snow pack this year," said Mark Barrett of Barrett Orchards.

Growers organizations predicted, even with the dry weather, that it would be an average year for agriculture.

Growers weren't the only ones happy about the high snowfall. Ski areas also saw a huge pile up of snow, just in time for the busiest part of the ski season.

 White Pass has 102 inches of snow at the summit and 66 at the base. Bluewood has 61 inches at the summit and 57 inches at the base.

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