First look at BC Interior snowpack in 2019 shows near-normal levels

By James Peters
January 9, 2019 - 2:08pm

VICTORIA — The first official snowpack measurements of the year from the province's River Forecast Centre show near-normal levels for most of the province.

This week, the agency issued a picture of the snowpack across the province as of January 1.

It showed the North Thompson basin at 109 per cent of normal snowpack for the first of the year, and the South Thompson basin at 99 per cent of normal.

The hills are relatively dry in the Nicola basin, which has about 72 per cent of normal snow levels.

The Lower Fraser basin is at 92 per cent of normal, while the Middle Fraser sits at 102 per cent.

The River Forecast Centre notes it expecting an El Nino weather pattern for the remainder of winter into spring, and typically those patterns bring warmer temperatures and lower snowpacks.

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