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Flood warnings pour forth in snowpacked Washington

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Rapidly melting snow from the largest snowpack in a quarter-century pushed streams and rivers toward record levels across Washington as flood warnings were out Friday.

Hotter-than-normal weather has melted a mountain snowpack that is about 150 percent of normal and rivers could crest above flood stage by Sunday."The last time we had this much snowpack was in 1972," said Daran Rife, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "That also happened to be a big year for flooding. We've got a very, very similar snowpack to what was seen in 1972."

There were reports of scattered lowland flooding but no major damage.

Flood warnings were issued for the Pend Oreille River north of here and for rivers in central Washington's Chelan, Okanogan and Yakima counties.