Snow levels stay low in southwestern B.C.

Dearth of alpine snow could mean difficult conditions for returning salmon, wildfires

Southwestern B.C. snowpack levels continue to be extremely low, according to the latest readings from B.C.’s River Forecast Centre.

The snow content in the alpine was 13 per cent on the South Coast, 26 per cent in the Lower Fraser and 15 per cent on Vancouver Island as of April 1.

The lack of alpine snow makes spring flooding less likely but could mean difficult conditions for returning salmon, dangerously dry forests during wildfire season and potential water use restrictions in some areas.

The centre said temperatures were one to three degrees above normal along the coast in March and three to five degrees above normal in the Interior.

Most of the Interior has snowpacks much closer to normal, but the provincial snowpack as a whole is 73 per cent of normal – the second lowest B.C. average in 31 years of records.