FEBRUARY 17, 1997

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Northshore & Lower Snoqualmie Weather Report

Tuesday, February 18 - Sunday, February 23, 1997

weather report by Meteorologist Larry Schick

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Forecast: The storm track takes good aim at us through mid-week. That means rather unsettled weather with rain at times. Temperatures near normal for the week, but a bit chilly Friday and Saturday morning, so watch for frost those mornings. The storm track lifts to the north later on Thursday as a high pressure ridge will move into the Pacific Northwest. That will mean mostly dry weather Friday and through most of the weekend.

Washington Passes: The snow level will be moderate to low through the week ahead, with some rain and snow in the passes (snow levels 2,000-5,000 ft.). Snow or rain threat will end by late Thursday through much of the weekend. Skiers: should be some good spring skiing ahead (see below). Updated pass information: 368-4499.

Weather Question of the Week: I'm planning my garden, do you think there will be water restrictions this summer.

Answer: It seems unlikely at this point. The snow pack, which is our water savings account for the normally dry summer months, is quite healthy at 100-150% of normal. The snow generally keeps accumulating until about April first, then starts to melt. The snow pack, at about 4,000 ft. in the Central Cascades, is 7-9 feet deep. One critical factor is how it melts down in the spring. The best scenario is a cool, wet spring, allowing the snow to slowly melt and fill the reservoirs--extending the thaw, and the deposits in our water savings account, into early summer. Plan on a nice a garden this year, but always practice smart water conservation like watering in the cool evening and morning periods.