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Average year for snowpack in the Greater Vernon area

Snowmobilers are enjoying current conditions at higher elevations and so are officials who monitor water supply for Greater Vernon. - Lumby/Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association photo
Snowmobilers are enjoying current conditions at higher elevations and so are officials who monitor water supply for Greater Vernon.
— image credit: Lumby/Mabel Lake Snowmobile Association photo

Water supply levels currently appear sufficient for Greater Vernon.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, January snowpack levels are at 99 per cent of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle Basin, which includes the Kalamalka Lake water source. The South Thompson Basin, covering Duteau Creek water reservoirs, is recorded at 100 per cent of normal.

“This information indicates that we are currently experiencing an average year for snow levels,” said Jennifer Miles, Regional District of North Okanagan water sustainability co-ordinator.

The B.C. River Forecast Centre also predicts normal or close to average temperatures and precipitation for the next three months.

However, Miles says it is early in the season and climate and hydrological conditions are often variable despite forecasts.

“Greater Vernon Water will continue to monitor climate trends and water supplies,” she said.

“Updates will be reported as they are received via media releases, in local newspapers and also at www.rdno.ca/water.”

 

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