Snowpack levels remain below normal

By Doug Collins
March 9, 2017 - 6:59am Updated: March 9, 2017 - 11:20am

KAMLOOPS — Despite the crazy winter we've had, there is nowhere in the province where the snowpack is above normal.

There are some that are close, with the East Kootenay at 99 percent of normal. But despite all the winter weather we've had since Christmas, the North and South Thompson snowpacks are both sitting at 87 percent of normal.

The Upper Fraser basins are only at 66 percent of normal.

Normally by this time, 80 percent of the annual snowpacks have accumulated, and the River Forecast Centre says that there is only a limited concern for flooding this year, although it cautions that temperatures during runoff play a big role in the rate of melt. 

This year, lower elevations have seen cooler than normal temperatures, resulting in more snow at the lower levels, but up high, snowfall hasn't been as high. 

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