A flood warning for the Naches River was lifted Sunday morning after the water level near Naches started receding before reaching flood stage, which is 16.0 feet.
The amount of precipitation in the area overnight was not enough to accelerate runoff, said Rob Brooks, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Pendleton.
Near-freezing overnight temperatures, which were in the low 30s, may also have slowed snowmelt in the mountains.
However, residents still need to be cautious as the river level will still be high, Brooks said.
“You’re still dealing with water that is moving pretty fast,” he said. “It’s not flooding, but it’s deep for that area and you really should take caution when you’re around it.”
Jim Hall, director of the Yakima County Department of Emergency Services, said the region is mainly getting the normal spring runoff.
But while the area has managed to avoid flooding, Hall also noted the still-high water levels.
“It looks like we’re going to be OK this time, but we need to pay attention and watch what’s going on,” he said.
The Yakima Valley will see improved weather conditions today. The National Weather Service predicts that the area will be partly cloudy with the high reaching the mid- to upper 50s. Winds will start off at 10 to 15 miles per hour and become lighter as the day goes on.