With Washington basins reporting a notable increase in snowpack last month, the April Water Supply Outlook from the U.S. Department of Agriculture is better than what we saw this time last year. Scott Pattee is a Water Supply Specialist with the Washington Snow Survey Office he says that this on the heels of a winter that tended to be warm and rainy, was just what we needed to bolster spring and summer runoff.
There is still concern that the existing snowpack is further advanced than normal and could begin to melt more rapidly than hoped for.
Local first responders join in reminding those that take to the local waters, as the weather warms and the snow melts, streams and rivers will still be very cold and swift.
The latest National Weather Service short term forecasts are calling for warmer than normal weather with some chance of seasonal precipitation. Long range forecasts for the spring continue to be warmer and dryer than normal.