Warmer temperatures raise concern over river levels

By James Peters
May 19, 2017 - 3:30pm

KAMLOOPS — While there is still plenty of concern around the level of the Nicola River this week, the BC River Forecast Centre says the worst may be over for that river.

Section Head Dave Campbell says the Nicola headwaters are fed by mid-elevation snow, and that has largely melted, leaving him cautiously optimistic about the Nicola moving to next week.

But Campbell says there are is still plenty of snow in higher elevations, and that could really start coming down next week.

"The peak of the heat right now is supposed to come Tuesday, so we will see gradual rises. We look at things like the Shuswap, or inflows into Shuswap Lake — the Seymour River, the Eagle River, the North Thompson — those all have all got lots of high elevation areas, and lots of snow in the mountains," explained Campbell.

Campbell adds it would be ideal for the BC Interior to get seasonal conditions without rain right now.

He says he's worried that an extended period of above normal temperatures might accelerate the snowmelt too quickly, causing a dramatic rise in water levels.

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