Lowered flood risk with reduced snowpack around the Okanagan

Snowpack is around 97 per cent of normal right now

It doesn’t look like there’s a great likelihood of flooding just yet, with the snowpack averaging just around 97 per cent of normal across the province.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre released its monthly data on provincial snowpacks and noted that the the snow basin as of Feb. 1 ranged from a low of 63 per cent of normal in the Stikine to a high of 114 per cent in the Upper Fraser West. In the Okanagan it’s currently 86 per cent of normal.

Most of this years’ snowpack built up rapidly over a five to six week period from early-December to early-January. Weather into February shifted again into the dominance of Arctic air across the province, with extremely cold temperatures and limited snow accumulation. This pattern is expected to continue at least into the middle of February.

What this means going forward, is still up in the air. However, it looks like the flooding that so many Okanagan residents have grappled with for the last few years has been minimized.

READ ALSO: LAST YEAR’S SNOWPACK WAS SIGNIFICANT

“At this stage in the season there is no significant elevated flood risk present in the current snowpack regionally across the province,” according to the report.

That said, there are other factors.

“While snow is one significant aspect to seasonal flooding in B.C., weather during the freshet season also plays a key role, and flooding is possible in years with normal snowpack.

READ ALSO: HIGH FLOOD RISK

Data from 114 manual snow courses and 78 automated snow weather stations around the province (collected by the Ministry of Environment Snow Survey Program, BC Hydro and partners), and climate data from Environment and Climate Change Canada and the provincial Climate Related Monitoring Program have been used to form the basis of the report.

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaNewsKat
kmichaels@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Summerland school receives outdoor learning area

Facility under construction near creek at elementary school

Work has begun on Summerland Rotary school project in India

Summerland club working to improve conditions at dilapidated school building

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

Highway 97 north of Summerland could be open by end of week

Detour in place as crews continue to clear rock slide and stabilize area

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Crash closes highway between Vernon and Lumby

Traffic being routed around the scene

Level nightclub will be closing

Three cougar sightings in Central Okanagan

Two cougars have been reported in Lake Country

Vehicle located in 2018 Shuswap abduction attempt

Chase RCMP say car used has since been sold, suspect still at large

We like it! Readers support the shift in Family Day dates

Readers support the date switch, while Ski Resorts may not

Cougar ‘living’ next door to Okanagan elementary school

Conservation Office has been alerted and monitoring large cat

Dog dies in Kamloops RV fire

According to a fundraiser posted on social media, the cause of the fire was electrical

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

Most Read