- Associated Press - Thursday, December 3, 2015

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - Though residents of northeastern Oregon woke up to fresh snow Wednesday, the Umatilla Basin is still seeing below average snowpack.

The East Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/3qLt3H ) that according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural resource Conservation Service snow water equivalent is 67 percent of normal for the Umatilla, Walla Walla and Willow basins.

Last year, Oregon saw its lowest season on record bringing a dry summer and prompting Gov. Kate Brown to declare a drought in 25 counties. Snowpack peaked around 50 to 60 percent normal in the Umatilla, Walla Walla and Willow basins and melted earlier than usual in the 2015 water year.

In the Grande Ronde, Powder, Imnaha and Burnt basins snowpack is better, coming in at 82 percent of normal.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.com

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