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Ice Storm Warning issued January 17 at 2:53PM PST until January 18 at 4:00PM PST by NWS

...AREAS OF HEAVY ICE AND SNOW ACCUMULATIONS EXPECTED TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY... .HEAVY PRECIPITATION OVERRUNNING A COLD LOW LEVEL AIR MASS ARRIVES THIS EVENING AND CONTINUES INTO WEDNESDAY BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR HOURS OF FREEZING RAIN... SLEET...AND SNOW. HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW IS A NEAR CERTAINTY. HEAVY ICE ACCUMULATIONS WILL

This Afternoon

Hi19° Wintry Mix

Tonight

Lo19° Wintry Mix

Wednesday

Hi31° Freezing Rain then Rain/Freezing Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo29° Wintry Mix Likely then Slight Chance Snow

Thursday

Hi36° Slight Chance Snow then Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo25° Slight Chance Snow

Friday

Hi33° Rain/Snow Likely

Friday Night

Lo26° Snow Likely

Saturday

Hi33° Chance Rain

Saturday Night

Lo24° Chance Snow

Forecast for summer water supply looking good

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WENATCHEE — After a disastrous start, the summer water supply outlook for North Central Washington appears to be in good shape.

Cascade Mountains snowpack draining into the Central Columbia Basin has improved from about 55 percent of average in early February to 105 percent of average April 1, according to the latest report by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

The Central Columbia region includes the Wenatchee, Entiat and Chelan rivers. Snowpack flowing into the Okanogan River is 98 percent of average. Snowpack draining into the Methow River is 111 percent of average.

The Central Columbia region received nearly twice its normal precipitation in March, leading to increased snowpack levels at higher elevations, but earlier than normal melting of snowpack at lower levels along the east slopes of the Cascades.

 

Reach Rick Steigmeyer at 509-664-7151 or . Read his blog Winemaker's Journal or follow him on Twitter at @steigmeyerww.