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High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

High temperatures melt previous optimism about summer water supplies

The hefty mountain snowpack that blanketed mountains around the Methow Valley at the beginning of April has rapidly melted away during the warm weather of recent weeks. On April 1, the snowpack in the upper Columbia River basin, which…
Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Heavy runoff and sediment cause minor flooding, road closures around valley

Melting snow and saturated soils in parts of the Methow Valley have spawned new streams, caused small mudslides, and washed out roads that became inundated when culverts became clogged with sediment and an unusually high volume of water. One section of Rendezvous Road was so wet last week that a new culvert floated in the...
Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

Rain, warm temperatures threaten statewide snowpack

While the statewide snowpack remains healthy, warmer-than-normal temperatures and lots of rain in recent weeks are quickly melting lower and mid-elevation snow and could pose the risk of spring flooding if the warm, wet trend continues. “Overall snowpack [statewide] is at 101 percent of normal. We’re feeling pretty good about that considering we’re coming into mid-March,”...
Above-average snowpack bodes well for summer

Above-average snowpack bodes well for summer

With an ample snowpack and forecasts for continued snow in the mountains, the prospects for a drought-free year in Washington look more promising every day. As winter turns the corner and heads into spring, the statewide snowpack average is 110 percent of normal, and the Okanogan Basin leads in snowpack accumulation with 148 …
Snowpack levels above normal after heavy storms

Snowpack levels above normal after heavy storms

A series of storms that dumped snow on the North Cascades during the second half of December helped bring the mountain snowpack to well above normal and eased fears about another year of extreme drought in Washington. In the Upper Columbia Basin, which includes the Methow Valley, snowpack readings are 139 percent of normal for …...
Meager snowpack portends ‘grim conditions’

Meager snowpack portends ‘grim conditions’

Last year set the record for the driest January and February in terms of snowpack for the upper Columbia basin since records have been kept, but this year could challenge that record. “This year’s going to break it if we don’t get any snow next week. Then we’ll have a zero-snow …
Welcome to winter — at last

Welcome to winter 
— at last

By Ann McCreary
You know all those winter storms battering the Midwest and East Coast that we’ve been hearing about here in the Pacific Northwest? “Those were our storms,” according to
Scant snow has economic impacts

Scant snow has economic impacts

By Ann McCreary & Marcy Stamper
Ski trails are often described as the economic engine that drives the Methow Valley, and this year that engine is running low on what fuels it — snow.