Snow pack below normal levels

Snow measurements taken in Summerland’s watershed show a lower snow pack than normal.

Snow measurements taken in Summerland’s watershed show a lower snow pack than normal.

The most recent measurements, taken at the beginning of April, showed the snow pack at Summerland Reservoir was 77 per cent of the normal level, based on 52 years of data.

At Isintok Lake, the snow pack was at 67 per cent of normal, based on 51 years of data.

Despite the lower levels, Shawn Hughes, water distribution chief operator for the municipality, said the municipality’s reservoirs will reach full capacity this year.

“Everything is filling well right now,” he said. “I am very confident they’re all going to fill.”

On Thursday morning, when crews arrived at the Isintok Lake site to take the measurements, they observed fresh snowfall in the area.

Hughes said seven centimetres had fallen overnight.

“We could still have a significant accumulation at the higher elevations,” he said.

The latest snow data taken by the provincial River Forecast Centre for the Brenda Mines site near Summerland showed the April 1 snow pack is just below the previous minimum accumulation for the site.

“Low flows are expected to occur earlier than normal this year,” a document from the River Forecast Centre states.


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