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Despite Recent Storms, Snowpack Levels Still Cause Concern

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The Yakima Basin Storage Alliance was pleased with the heavy snowfall last weekend, but not so pleased with the sudden warm up in temperatures. The Yakima Basin Storage Alliance was pleased with the heavy snowfall last weekend, but not so pleased with the sudden warm up in temperatures.

YAKIMA, WA - The Yakima Basin Storage Alliance was pleased with the heavy snowfall last weekend, but not so pleased with the sudden warm up in temperatures.

The group says the warm weather is melting the snow immediately into the rivers. They say we need a couple more hard snow storms that stick or the Yakima Valley could face a bad drought year.

"Right now we are pretty dang dry," Charlie deLaChapelle said. "Worst case scenario we could be dryer than we were in 2001 and 1994 which were record droughts. Those really hurt us."

The storage alliance says water levels could recover with some big late season storms dumping a few feet each on the Cascades.

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