Minor Flooding Expected This Weekend In Yakima County
The water is on the way in the form of rain and melting snow this weekend and that has officials from the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management warning of potential small stream flooding. The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory until 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. Emergency Planner Jason Clapp says the Naches river and Yakima river will not reach flood stage, but he says we may see some minor flooding along small streams, creeks, and ditches. "The snow melt isn't the factor it's the wet rainy events that add to snow melt."
Clapp says they're watching weather systems. He says it looks like Saturday will see a lot of rain along with a warming front that will melt snow. Snow levels are expected to drop from 6,000 to 8000 feet to as low as 4,000 feet by Sunday. Clapp says he doesn't expect flooding like Yakima saw in 2017 when a lot of low level snow was still in the mountains this late in the year. He says that's not the case this year.