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Snow pack melting fast in Southern Interior

Mission Creek in Kelowna.
May 06, 2016 - 11:30 AM


THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Spring freshet, the annual snow melt, is four weeks early this year, the result of continued warm weather across the province.

B.C. River Forecast Centre in its provincial river outlook reports the average snow pack has dropped rapidly from 92 per cent of normal April 1 to 63 per cent May 1.

While stream flows are above normal due to the early melt, the centre says more moderate weather of the last few weeks has kept river levels relatively stable.

While still warm, temperatures this weekend will be less extreme but will still likely cause rivers to rise, especially in the Southern Interior.

Expect unsettled weather next week, followed by more pressure ridges and generally stable conditions.

A flood warning issued April 19 which included Kelowna's Mission Creek was withdrawn April 25.

The unseasonably warm weather has caused Greater Vernon’s water reservoirs to spill earlier than normal, and it's possible that could cause problems for the region's water supply.

Find more stories about River Forecasts here.

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