Snowpack levels forecast possible flooding this spring in B.C.

By Doug Collins/Tom Mark- Beach FM Vernon
February 8, 2018 - 7:17am

VANCOUVER — Wetter than normal weather has led to a mounting snowpack in much of BC.

 Dave Campbell from the BC River Forecast Centre says the provincial average is 108 percent of normal, up from 96 percent last month.
He says the Okanagan is 131 percent of normal, which could be a warning of spring flooding.

Campbell says areas that are still at 120 percent or more by the end of March could well see some high water later in the spring. 
Campbell says about two-thirds of the expected snowfall has come down by now.

The North Thompson snowpack is 92 percent of normal, the South Thompson snowpack is 104 percent of normal.  So our area isn't too bad at this point.

However, the Lower Fraser, Skagit and Similkameen basins are all well above normal, with the Skagit at 165 percent of normal. 

The Upper Fraser is close to normal, but the Lower Fraser is at 141 percent of normal. 

Vancouver Island is at 148 percent of normal.

The Northwest area of the province, on the other hand, is only at 51 percent of normal for this time of year. 



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