Thompson region snowpack near average, province says

North Thompson watershed is at 87 per cent for this time of year

Kamloops This Week

While parts of the province are seeing lower-than-normal snowpacks, the Thompson region is closer to the seasonal average.

Information released by the provincial river forecast centre shows the South Thompson River watershed at 100 per cent of the average for this time of year while the North Thompson watershed is at 87 per cent.

As of Jan. 1, provincewide snow levels are at 82 per cent of normal. About half the province’s annual snowfall comes in the period before early January.

The provincial agency said factors driving the low snowpacks in some regions include a warm November, during which the snowpack melted, and a cold, dry December. Seasonal forecasts from Environment Canada call for increased likelihood of below-normal temperatures for the remainder of winter.