With low snowpacks, drought in the forecast for WA - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

With low snowpacks, drought in the forecast for WA

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - State and federal scientists are expecting drought conditions in the summer after snowpacks in several spots in the state fell well below averages, following a dry winter.

Bruce Suzumoto of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that less water flowing down tributary streams means less favorable spawning conditions for returning chinook salmon.

The Spokesman-Review reports that the snowpack in the Spokane-Coeur d'Alene basins is 51 percent of the average. Near Seattle, the Cedar River basin holds similar low numbers.

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