NOAA's National Weather Service
Weather Alerts for Kittitas Washington   (WAC037)


Effective: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 12:55pm PDT Severity: Unknown
Updated: Mon, Mar 18, 2019 12:55pm PDT Urgency: Future
Expires: Tue, Mar 19, 2019 05:00pm PDT Certainty: Possible

Areas Affected: East Slopes of the Washington Cascades; Eastern Columbia River Gorge of Washington; Foothills of the Blue Mountains of Washington; Kittitas Valley; Lower Columbia Basin of Washington; Northwest Blue Mountains; Simcoe Highlands; Yakima Valley
...Warmer Temperatures Will Increase Snow Melt This Week...
Temperatures will continue to warm over south central and
southeast Washington as well as central and northeast Oregon this
week. High temperatures by the end of the week are expected to be
in the mid 50s to lower 60s with overnight lows in the 30s to
lower 40s. The warmup will accelerate snow melt across the region.
In addition, a weather system will be moving through the Pacific
Northwest Friday through Sunday, with mainly light rain. Snow
levels are expected to start out between 6000 to 7000 feet and
lower to 4500 to 5500 feet on Saturday
While the ground is not frozen over much of the region, the
increased runoff will likely fill small ditches and storm drains.
There may be some local areas with frozen soils near the surface.
This will keep melt water from soaking in and may result in local
areas of lowland flooding, water over roads and basement
Water flowing into creeks and streams will increase as well, both
in the lower elevations and in the mountains with streams and
creeks becoming full. The flowing water may increase the
potential for ice jams on any still frozen rivers. At this time,
no flooding is expected on the larger rivers.
Impacts will depend on how fast the snow melts. Continue to
monitor the forecast for the latest details.