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Recent Snow And Rain Does Little To Change Yakima Basin Forecast

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YAKIMA, WA.- All of this snow and freezing rain has caused quite a mess around the Yakima Valley, but with two winter storms already in the books and more winter weather expected, we checked in to see how this could be affecting the Yakima Basin Snowpack.  

Drought conditions on the Westside have virtually gone away, but South and Central Washington is still dealing with severe drought conditions.

    

We spoke to the Bureau of Reclamation Thursday afternoon and they told us right now the reservoirs are at 26% of average, which they say is still considerably low for this time of year. However they say a bit of snow and rain is certainly better than none at all.

"There is so much of the story left to unfold, we could get so much precipitation in December, January, and hopefully February, and we just need a couple degrees colder and we'll get it as snow," Chris Lynch, with the Bureau of Reclamation said.

   

The Bureau of Reclamation says we will still have a long winter ahead and things could always change, they won't make an actual predication on a forecast for the summer until later in the spring.  

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