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Program: Ag Weather Impact
Date: January 08, 2019

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Look for light rain to move across the area today and tonight and diminish on Wednesday. Snow is expected in mainly central Washington, but as temperatures moderate Tuesday night and Wednesday, the impacts of the snow should decrease. Farm to market transport or farm deliveries may have some disruption today. Precipitation amounts of two tenths to four tenths of an inch are likely with the heavier amounts in the Yakima and Ellensburg areas. The main effect will be moderate to severe cold stress for exposed newborn or weak livestock due to the extended nature of the precipitation and cool temperatures in the 30s to mid 40s. If the newborn or weak livestock are left exposed, they will become or remain wet and subject to hypothermia. Fortunately, the wind speeds will be much lower than over the past weekend. You can plan on a drier pattern to return on Thursday and continue into the middle of next week with temperatures averaging close to normal for mid January. Soil temperatures are in the mid and upper 30s and will likely show little change into early next week. Winter wheat and pastures will continue to develop slowly. Mountain snowpack is holding fairly close to the usual amount with the lowest 83 percent in the upper Yakima and the highest 108 percent in the Walla Walla basin. The Umatilla, lower Yakima, and mid to upper Columbia are standing between 90 and 100 percent.

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