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OKANOGAN - The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for most of eastern Washington, calling for heavy, widespread rain.

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The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, calling for significant snow and blowing winds this weekend.

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Due to inclement weather, several area schools are planning closures and delays for classes on Wednesday, Jan. 23. This list will be updated as information becomes available.

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Falling snow means public works crews are poised to start plowing the white stuff off area roads. Various mid-valley jurisdictions have different policies about when and where they plow.

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The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for most of eastern Washington.

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A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Okanogan County because to poor air quality in the region.

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Marvin and Karin Schertenleib shook their heads in disbelief as they walked around what use to be their nearly 70-year-old barn – now a pile of twisted metal and snapped rough-cut beams.

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A list of damage and losses relating to flooding will be compiled, but with a second, higher crest of the Okanogan River predicted for Saturday, the list hasn’t yet been started.

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Okanogan Valley residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as Okanogan River water began receding Sunday, but they also began girding themselves for an even higher crest at the end of this week.

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Okanogan County Emergency Management will host a county flood season meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the commissioners’ hearing room of the Grainger Administration Building, 123 N. Fifth Ave.

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Water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising as the over-abundance of late- season snows begin to run off in Canada, causing flood warnings along the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers in the United States.

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Icy mountain passes and school closures have befallen the region, along with expected accumulations ranging from four inches to several feet of snow today.

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Batten down the hatches and dig out the snow shovel. The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for much of the region.

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Will we have another La Niña winter?  That’s the question local residents and meteorologists are seeking to find answers to.

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A state of emergency has been declared by the Okanogan County commissioners in response to severe flooding that has washed out roads, caused flooding and triggered debris flows.

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Due to ice and freezing rain several area schools are planning delays and closures for classes Wednesday, Feb. 15.

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Elbow Coulee Road was closed temporarily Jan. 23 by two snow slides that covered the road. The Twisp Police Department and Washington State Patrol responded initially, with Okanogan County Public Works called later, said county Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall.

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Take caution if you're traveling. That's the message local law enforcement agencies are saying in wake of an ongoing winter storm.

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The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning covering much of Eastern Washington including Okanogan and Ferry counties.

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Air quality conditions have not improved across much of central Washington, prompting the state Department of Ecology to extend and expand burn bans for five counties.

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The state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday morning that a stage one burn ban is in effect for Okanogan, Ferry, Douglas and surrounding counties beginning at 4 p.m. today.

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