High Snowpack In Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) – Snowpack in the mountains of Washington state is high and experts say that’s good news for agricultural and other interest that rely on spring melt off.

As of March 2, snowpack in the Olympics stood at 164% of normal.

Much of the central Cascades were at 145% of normal, and the eastern slopes of the Cascades were at 123% of normal, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, which tracks snowpack under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

A healthy snowpack could also mitigate wildfires.

KING reports it was the summers following some of the lowest snowpacks recorded in 2014 and 2015 that saw record fire seasons in the state as measured by acres burned.

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