(by Kate Bouey)
There is still a lot of snow in the Monashees and, with temperatures remaining high, it could lead to flooding in the Vernon area and other parts of the North Okanagan according to David Campbell, head of the BC River Forecast Centre.
Campbell says there is a critical window over the next four-to-seven days that will tell the tale.
“We’re very much in that transition period where we will find out if the risk is there and if there is enough snow we will re-emerge into flooding conditions and if we’re not then we’ll not see that significant response,” said Campbell. “I don’t think we’re quite out of the woods yet.”
Campbell points to a high snow pack atop Silver Star Mountain that could affect area creeks.
He says the whole province is experiencing “an extreme weather event” with temperatures at least six degrees above normal for the time of year.
While lower snow levels have melted away, Campbell says approximately one-half to two-thirds has disappeared from mid-level elevations while only ten-to-30 percent of the snow has melted in the higher ranges.
He expects the flood risk will become apparent over the next eight or nine days.