If you wanted to be on local ski hills, this spring this will likely come as no surprise.
The province’s River Forecast Center confirms this year’s snow pack is setting records being the lowest ever.
Tobi Gardner with the center says the numbers from last month show that the lower Fraser and the South Coast packs are below normal.
“Overall we’ve seen decline in the snow basin indices for much of the province and in particular for the southwest of the province. In the Lower Fraser and the South Coast, the basis indices are 26 percent and 13 percent of normal, so those are record lows for the April 1st bulletin.”
But — he says don’t panic.
“It’s possible that next year – the next couple seasons we could see normal or above normal conditions. It’s just too early at this point to say if this is indicative of a longer term trend.”
Gardner says it’s possible a wet summer could make up for the lack of run off from the mountains.
He says before now the lowest snow pack was in 2001, but it rebounded in following years.
They’ve been keeping data for 31 years.