Below average snowpacks recorded for Peace, Liard basins

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The winter season is coming to an end, but late season snowfall is still possible across B.C. — and researchers are already starting to tally the depth of the snowpack, and anticipating droughts or flooding later in the year.According to a Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin published on March 1, most of the province has near normal or slightly below normal — ie., 80 to 110 per cent — snow packs as of March 1. The provincial average was 92 per cent from all survey locations.However, the Peace snow basin was on the low side with 81 per cent of the normal conditions, and Liard was even lower with 55 per cent. On the other side of the scale, the Okanagan saw a high of 123 per cent.- Advertisement -By early March, 80 per cent of the annual snowpack has accumulated, with opportunity for another one to two months of snow accumulation.The report indicates that high snow pack in the Okanagan basin could show potential for elevated seasonal flood risk in the region.On the opposite side of the spectrum, below normal snow pack — particularly in the Liard, but to a lesser extent the Upper Fraser, Nechako, Central Coast, Skeena-Nass, Stikine and Northwest — could have an increased potential for low flows in the late-spring and summer.Advertisement The River Forecast Centre will keep monitoring snow pack conditions and provide an updated seasonal flood risk and stream flow forecast in the April 1 bulletin, which is scheduled for release on April 7.last_img read more