The province’s River Forecast Centre has released it’s latest snowpack report, and it’s not looking good for the north and central coast.
The snowpack in the north is at below average levels, with the Skeena-Nass coming in at 69% of normal, the Nechako at 79% while the central coast is only at 59% of normal.
David Campbell of the River Forecast Centre says warmer weather means the spring melt will start earlier, and end earlier than usual.
Campbell can’t say if the lower snowpack will mean drought conditions once summer hits, but he says there is an increased risk.
He also adds it’ll be the smaller rivers that’ll be hit harder as lower flows will have a bigger impact on them, and especially on fish habitat.
While this year had a near record El Nino event, Campbell says taking a look at the long-term trend, what we’re seeing now with the lower snowpack fits in with climate change models.
Across the province, snowpack levels are around normal for the south but start to drop heading north.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Okanagan may face flooding with their snowpack level 131% above normal.