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Report suggests low snowpack in B.C. could trigger another summer of drought

Snowpack at 56 per cent of normal for this time of year

January 11, 2024  By Ground Water Canada

Victoria, B.C. – A grim picture is being painted for the coming summer in British Columbia as data from the B.C. River Forecast Centre (BCRFC) indicates the province’s snowpack is at 56 per cent of normal for this time of year.

The BCRFC released its first Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin of 2024 this week. Among the findings reported include snowpacks in the Middle Fraser region at 50 per cent of normal, the Lower Fraser at 35 per cent, the North Thompson at 60 per cent, and the South Thompson at 73 per cent.

It’s likely drought conditions will continue into the summer, according to the BCRFC. The fall season saw higher-than-normal temperatures while precipitation was below normal in most of British Columbia.


Speculation is that continuing drought could hamper water supply issues, lead to low groundwater levels and pose greater risks of wildfires.

A few months still remain in the snow accumulation season which could potentially change matters.

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