Significant snowfall in the Duteau Creek watershed

There’s plenty of snow in the hills and that bodes well for Greater Vernon’s water supply.

Recent snowpack readings near the Duteau Creek Water reservoirs show the water content of the snow is at 118 per cent of average for this time of year.

“Water storage levels are currently above average,” said Ema Posluns, with Greater Vernon Water.

According to the B.C. River Forecast Centre, March snow basin levels are 94 per cent of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle basin, which includes the Kalamalka Lake water source.

The South Thompson basin, which includes the Duteau Creek water reservoirs, is 100 per cent of normal.

“The combined readings from GVW and the B.C. River Forecast Centre show a close to average year for snow pack and reservoir levels,” said Posluns.

The forecast centre predicts near normal stream run-off and precipitation in the Okanagan for spring and summer.

“The centre predicts a modest chance of above normal temperatures during the period of March to May,” said Posluns.

“GVW will continue to monitor climate trends and water supplies.”


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