Snow pack levels remain high

There is still plenty of snow in the hills, according to the latest municipality’s snow survey readings taken last week.

At Summerland Reservoir, a snow depth of 922 millimetres was recorded, for a water equivalent of 305 millimetres. This is 136 per cent of the April 1 historical average water equivalent of 225 millimetres.

At Isintok Lake, the snow depth was 865 millimetres, or the equivalent of 168 millimetres of water. This is 94 per cent of the historical average water equivalent of 179 millimetres.

Scott Lee, manager of water operations for the municipality, said the latest snow pack measurements are positive.

“Although the reading at Isintok has declined somewhat over the past month, it is representative of high elevation snowpack only and the combined total of snow measurements remains very encouraging,” he said.

He added that by April 1, 95 per cent of the winter snow accumulation has occurred.

The cooler temperatures this spring could result in a rapid melt, he said.

As cooler temperatures occur later in the spring, the possibility of a large and sudden snow melt will increase.

A sudden melt could result in extra turbidity in the water during the runoff. It could also result in an increased risk of flooding in certain areas, Lee said.