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Boundary snowpack now 120%

The snowpack in the Boundary has dipped slightly but remains above normal.

The BC River Forecast Centre said in an update today that the snowpack in the region stood at 120 per cent of normal as of April 1, compared to 123 per cent on March 1. On April 1, 2022 the figure was 87 per cent.

The centre said March was cool and dry throughout the province. The average of all sites as of April 1 was 88 per cent, down from 94 per cent on March 1.

They say by the start of April, 95 per cent of the seasonal snowpack has normally accumulated.

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The Boundary snowpack is the highest in the province, followed by the Okanagan at 113 per cent, the Upper Fraser West basin at 111 per cent, and the Nicola at 109 per cent. All other regions are slightly below normal.

The West Kootenay snowpack remained at 90 per cent for the second straight month.

A markedly above-average snowpack brings the risk of flooding, while below average numbers could portend drought, although there are other factors involved.

Nobody from the forecast centre was available for an interview on the latest data.

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