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Low snowpack level in the mountains causes concern,
While major storms take aim at Pacific Northwest!

Credit: AccuWeather

“Washington snowpack remains low and similar to the last big drought year in 2015”

“The Capital Press reports the statewide snowpack is 47% of normal. It was 46% of normal at this time five years ago.

“‘It’s very reminiscent of 2015, but this year we are way behind on mountain precipitation,’ said Scott Pattee, state water supply specialist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Mount Vernon, Washington. ‘It’s worrisome. It’s the third slowest start in snow accumulation statewide since the 1990s and we had one of the driest Novembers on record,” by the AP. Read more

“Winter storm train to hammer northwestern US well into January 2020”

The main thrust of the storms through this weekend will focus on British Columbia and western Washington. A general 3-6 inches (80-150 millimeters) of rain will fall, but an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 12 inches (300 millimeters) is likely on the west-facing slopes of the Olympics, Cascades and Coast Mountains.

The cumulative effect of each storm will make the hillsides unstable. With each round of drenching rain, the risk of mudslides and other debris flows will increase over the lower elevations,” by Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather. Read more

Posted by Steve on January 2, 2020 at 12:10 am | Permalink

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