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UPDATED: February 15, 2017
A bi-weekly commentary of snow conditions based on readings from the BC Automated Snow Weather Station (ASWS) network is published during the snow season.
A series of Pacific storms has impacted British Columbia since early-February. The first weather system brought another round of significant snow fall, including substantial valley-bottom and low elevation snow throughout southern BC. Warm and wet weather over the past week has led to melting of this low elevation snow, but snow water equivalents increased over higher terrain, as is evident from increasing % of average readings at ASWS. In particular, areas of southern BC experienced significant jumps in snow water equivalent, whereas areas of northen BC typically experienced declines in % of average snow water equivalent since February 1st. The provincial average for all AWSW is 81% of average. Typically 73% of the annual provincial snow accumulation has occurred by February 15th.
The next Snow Survey and Water Supply Bulletin is planned for release by end of day March 7th 2017.