Snowpacks at near-normal levels

The River Forecast Centre warned this year’s spring freshet will come earlier across much of the province

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Snowpacks in the South and North Thompson watersheds are slightly above normal, with 80 per cent of snowfall complete for the season.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre warned some Interior rivers in the Nicola and Okanagan valleys could experience flooding with the combination of higher than average snowpacks and an early melt.

Snowpacks in the North Thompson watershed are at 115 per cent of normal, while they are 111 per cent in the South Thompson.

Wet weather through February boosted snowpacks across the province.

The River Forecast Centre warned this year’s spring freshet will come earlier across much of the province. Average temperatures across B.C. were 1.4 C above normal for the past three months.

 

“Seasonal forecasts from Environment Canada are indicating a high likelihood of above-normal temperatures across British Columbia over the March to May period and an increased chance of warmer than normal temperature through the extended forecast period into the summer months,” the bulletin said

 

 

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