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Winter Storm Watch issued December 07 at 2:21PM PST until December 09 at 4:00PM PST by NWS

...WINTER STORM FOR MUCH OF THE REGION POSSIBLE LATE THIS WEEK... .A LONG PERIOD OF LIGHT ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL ADD UP TO POSSIBLE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OVER A 24 TO 36 HOUR PERIOD. ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL BEGIN THURSDAY AFTERNOON IN THE CASCADES AND BEGINNING THURSDAY EVENING OVER THE REST OF THE REGION. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF OVER MOST AREAS BY LATE FRIDAY...SNOW SHOWERS

Tonight

Lo17° Mostly Cloudy

Thursday

Hi26° Isolated Snow Showers then Snow

Thursday Night

Lo20° Snow

Friday

Hi28° Chance Snow

Friday Night

Lo21° Chance Snow

Saturday

Hi31° Chance Snow then Slight Chance Snow

Saturday Night

Lo22° Mostly Cloudy

Sunday

Hi32° Slight Chance Snow

Sunday Night

Lo23° Chance Snow

Monday

Hi29° Slight Chance Snow Showers

USDA chief: Soaring fire costs demand changes

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YAKIMA — The Forest Service, which is raiding its budget to pay for the escalating cost of Western wildfires, wants Congress to support a new funding system.

Wildfire suppression now accounts for 42 percent of the agency’s $5.6 billion budget, compared to just 16 percent of the 1995 budget, according to a new report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Forest Service’s parent department. That doesn’t include funds borrowed from other programs when fires burn through its…

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