Snowpacks in Merritt area higher than normal

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Snowpacks around the province are at healthy levels according to the monthly data report released by the BC River Forecast Centre during the winter and spring seasons.

Nowhere in British Columbia are snowpack levels at less than 95% of normal, with some areas exceeding 200% of normal.

The Lower Thompson region, which encompasses the Merritt area, has one of the highest levels of snowpack at 136% of normal.

While this could mean a less intense fire season and spell relief for drought-stricken rivers and streams in the area, it could increase the risk of flooding when the spring thaw eventually brings freshets.

For more information regarding snowpack levels, water discharge levels and river flow forecasts you can visit the British Columbia River Forecast Centre website at:

www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/air-land-water/water/drought-flooding-dikes-dams/river-forecast-centre.

Morgan Hampton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Merritt Herald