Low-elevation Pacific Northwest snow is turning to rain

In the Cascades, low-lying areas face the greatest threat because climate warming affects both the precipitation phase and ablation rates at temperatures close to the ice-water phase transition. About 9200km2 of area is at risk of turning from regular snow to regular rain

Source: Nolin and Daly (2006). Mapping “At Risk” Snow in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Hydrometeorology.


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