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Record-setting winter leaves Willamette Valley well-watered


February 14, 2017

NO PARKING signs along Highway 20 at the Tombstone summit are buried in snowdrifts after winter snows last month.

This may not be a big surprise: Wet weather systems have set records in the Willamette Valley and produced an unusually large snow pack in the Cascades.

While flooding was an issue in many areas during last week’s rain, “we don’t have any flood advisories out,” said David Bishop, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland, Friday. The area west of Salem had just a couple of warnings, but nothing around Sweet Home Friday afternoon.

As of Friday, Sweet Home had 10.44 inches of rain in 2017, .33 inches more than the same point in 2016.

As of Sunday, the pool at G...

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