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Snow pack level check

Greater Vernon Water (GVW) is tracking the latest climate information to help predict water supply levels for the coming year.

Snow pack plays an important role in supplying water to fill reservoirs during spring melt.

Snow pack readings taken by GVW Feb 28 at three monitoring stations near the Duteau Creek Water Reservoirs show the snow water equivalent, or water content of the snow, at 118% of average for this time of year.

Water storage levels are currently above average.

According to the BC River Forecast Centre, March snow basin indices are at 94% of normal for the Okanagan-Kettle Basin, which includes the Kalamalka Lake water source.

The South Thompson Basin, which includes the Duteau Creek water reservoirs, is at 100% of normal.

The combined readings from GVW and the BC River Forecast Centre show a close to average year for snow pack and reservoir levels.

The BC River Forecast Centre predicts near normal stream run-off and precipitation in the Okanagan for spring and summer and a modest chance of above normal temperatures during the period of March to May 2014.

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