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Recent Snow Raises Snowpack Levels From Drought to "Sufficient"

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For many of us, the snowpack level is a big concern this winter.  At the beginning of February there were talks of potential drought conditions for much of the northwest. But, that's not necessarily the case anymore. For many of us, the snowpack level is a big concern this winter. At the beginning of February there were talks of potential drought conditions for much of the northwest. But, that's not necessarily the case anymore.

KENNEWICK, WA - For many of us, the snowpack level is a big concern this winter.  At the beginning of February there were talks of potential drought conditions for much of the northwest. But, that's not necessarily the case anymore.

In a word, the experts say snowpack levels are "sufficient." Despite the dreaded drought word coming up a few weeks ago, a couple of recent snow storms made all the difference.

Back on February first, statewide snowpack levels sat at just 55% of normal and now the lower Yakima River Basin is at 100% and the Columbia River Basin is at 83%.

This means, if everything stays the way it is spring and summer runoffs should be just fine.

"If we get really warm and it actually started to melt off early, that would not be a good thing. But, fortunately, we don't really see that happening. I think the long-range temperature forecasts are fairly moderate and I think we're going to stay close to normal, at least," said Water Supply Specialist Scott Pattee.

On top of that, precipitation, as a whole, was really good all over this February and with a few more weeks of winter left, things are looking a lot better than they were for farmers who depend on that water.

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