Snowpack levels in the East Kootenay have seen a significant drop to 105 percent of normal levels.
This compared to earlier snow bulletins from the BC River Forecast Centre, which showed amounts up to 137 per cent as of May 1st.
Head Forecaster Dave Campbell says the snow is no longer a factor for flooding locally.
“We’ve had two very strong hot spells that has melted a lot of the snow. It doesn’t get picked up as much at the high elevation,” Campbell says. “In 2012, we had a very cool winter and so there was still lots of mid-elevation snow that was causing or leading to flood risk. That snow is really not there because of the temperatures we’ve seen.”
Campbell adds at this point, flooding is not a concern for East Kootenay communities, but rain could change everything.
“I would characterize the flood risk for the East Kootenay really as being a rain issue now going forward,” Campbell says. “I wouldn’t rule out the East Kootenay, specifically for risks associated with wraparound precipitation from upper-lows. I don’t think we’re fully out of the woods in terms of flood risk, but in terms of snowmelt, that influence is past.”
Campbell says snow remains on higher elevations throughout the region.
A high stream flow advisory that was in place for the East Kootenay ended Tuesday.
– BC River Forecast Centre, Head Forecaster Dave Campbell
– Jeff Johnson