While skiers and snowboarders may be enjoying the large amounts of snow in the mountains, this snowpack may cause problems when it starts to warm up in the Okanagan. An above-normal snowpack in the Okanagan mountains has raised concerns for another round of flooding in the spring.
Dave Campbell, head of the BC River Forecast Centre, says the current snowpack is 123 percent of normal as of January 1st, compared to the amount this time last year, which was 79 percent of normal. He says, "We're still in the accumulation season, typically we see half the seasonal snowfall by January first so we've got two or three months left of accumulation."
Last year's flooding had a devastating impact on many waterfront properties in the Okanagan.