Washington water forecast dramatically improves in February

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The north face of Mount Shuksan in North Cascades National Park. (Photo: National Park Service)

SPOKANE, Wash. — A very wet February has dramatically improved the water supply forecast for Washington state.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service said Monday that heavy precipitation and cool temperatures last month rebuilt the state’s eroded mountain snowpack.

The snowpack is now 108 percent of normal statewide.

Water supply specialist Scott Pattee says water shortages are extremely unlikely this summer because the winter snowpack is in perfect condition heading into spring.

The snowpack made a dramatic improvement over January, which was very cold and very dry.

Much of the state depends on mountain snowpack that gradually melts for its water supply in hot summer months.

Pattee says the mountain snowpack is well above 90 percent of normal in all basins of the state. At the same time, major flooding is not expected.