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Snowpack levels below normal

The province was dry through March with limited or no snow accumulation.

The average of all automated snow weather stations (snow pillows) dropped to 78 per cent of average on April 1, according to data released by the ministry of environment.

The provincial snowpack has declined relative to normal every week since January 8, when the average was at its peak of 104 per cent of normal. The regions with the highest snow pack relative to normal at automated snow weather stations are the North Thompson (91 per cent) and Upper Columbia (87 per cent). Areas with the lowest snow pack relative to normal are the Stikine (55 per cent)  Boundary (62 per cent) and Vancouver Island (65%).

Light to moderate precipitation is forecast along the coast and southern portions of British Columbia for the first week of April. It is possible the mountain snowpack will increase slightly from these systems.

In a typical year, approximately 96 per cent of the winter snowpack has accumulated by March 15 across the province.

The March 1st Snow Bulletin was released on March 8. The province was at near normal to below normal snow pack levels. The average of all automated snow stations and manual snow surveys was 89 per cent of normal.

The April 1st Snow Bulletin is scheduled to be released Monday April 8.

February and the first half  of March were very cold throughout the province. Temperatures ranged from -4 to -12 degrees celsius below normal.  In the second half of March, there were several days with temperatures well above normal leading to melting of lower elevation snowpack.  Precipitation was limited throughout the province.

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