Wetter than normal weather has led to a mounting snowpack in much of BC.
Dave Campbell from the BC River Forecast Centre says the provincial average is 108 percent of normal, up from 96 percent last month.
He says the Okanagan is 131 percent of normal, which could be a warning of spring flooding.
“Typically when we get over about 120 percent of normal as we get more in that March or April period, that becomes the threshold where we would expect to see increased risk, so we’re above that bubble.”
Campbell says about two-thirds of the expected snowfall has come down by now.
“There certainly is an early indication that things are fairly high, and I think coming into the final third of the season is of some concern, particularly the high numbers we are seeing in the south part of the province.”
Campbell the high readings are partly due to the influence of the La Nina weather pattern.
“That’s the type of thing we do see is increased snowpack.”
The levels as of Feb. 1 range from a low of 51% of normal in the Northwest, to a high of 165% in the Skagit