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Snowpack remains just above normal in most of Southern Interior

Spahats Falls in Wells Gray Provincial Park is flowing quickly thanks to warm weather which has provided an early spring in the North Thompson.
March 28, 2016 - 8:00 PM

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Snowpacks in the region have increased slightly over the past several weeks, leaving some parts of the Southern Interior above average for this time of year and at risk of localized flooding.

The River Forecast Centre monitors snowpacks throughout the province and is reporting slight increases in the Southern Interior, and most of the province, over the last four weeks.

At the highest end of the scale, and with the highest percentage in the province, the Boundary region is currently at 127 per cent of normal snowpack. The area has fluctuated from 118 per cent to 132 per cent this year. The Okanagan region is not far behind, with 120 per cent, though the Mission Creek watershed is at 127 per cent.

The North and South Thompson regions have been steadily climbing as well and are now at 110 and 112 per cent, while the Similkameen snowpack is at 105 per cent of average and the Middle Fraser is at 97 per cent.

The provincial average for snowpack is currently at 92 per cent as of March 22.

The forecast centre notes winter snow accumulation is typically at roughly 92 per cent by late March but with temperatures expected to be warmer than normal this spring, snow accumulations may already be near the peak for this winter.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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