Snowpack no danger yet
Right now, the risk of spring floods depends on the weather, not the snow.
That, in brief, is the local forecast from the latest snow survey bulletin from the River Forecast Centre. The March 1 survey results show the upper Fraser at 103 per cent of normal snowpack, while the Nechako is at 80 per cent.
According to the report, by March 1, about 80 per cent of the snowpack has accumulated, however there are forecasts for wetter and cooler weather for the rest of the snow season, which may lead to somewhat greater accumulations.
According to the report, “The current state of near-normal snowpack across most of the province suggests that for the majority of the province, normal seasonal flood risk is expected.”
The report cautions, through, that snowpack levels alone are not the only factor in possible flooding.
“Of critical importance are how the snow melts and how much precipitation is received during the snow-melt period.”