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Lack Of Snow for Snowpack Not Worrying Farmers Yet

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 YAKIMA, WA.- Winter so far has been a strange one, with warm temperatures and a lack of snow, but what does this mean for the snowpack in the cascades?

According to the US Department of Agriculture they're predicting we'll see lower than average rainfall and snow across the state over the next few months.

That lack of snowfall will directly effect the snowpack up in the upper Yakima River Basin, the snowpack helps irrigate our fruit farms here in the Yakima Valley during the summer months. 

“Agriculture is very dependant upon the snow and the snowpack that's our water for the summer when the reservoirs become depleted the snow meets and refills reservoirs and that's what we can farm here in the desert with,” owner of McIlrath Farms, Scott McIlrath told KNDO.

Even though we're seeing less snowfall than normal McIlrath told us he's not too worried yet.

His family has been farming in the Yakima Valley since 1975 and they've seen their fare share of bad winters and summer droughts over the years.

“I'm not real concerned yet because we do have some very heavy storms in February,” McIlrath told us.

He told KNDO he's begun to see a trend each winter; it's becoming more common to see more snowfall during late February through March.  

So for now they'll wait and prepare their farm for the upcoming summer months, hoping they'll see more snow come to the Yakima Valley.