Okanagan snow pillow readings could 'go either way' as La Nina trend softens

Still La Nina, sort of

While still officially in La Nina conditions, the Okanagan hasn't experienced the extreme precipitation that usually accompanies the Pacific Ocean trend.

A report to the Okanagan Basin Water Board shows snowpack conditions in the region as of Feb. 24 trending within the five-year range, but above historical median levels. Measurements are highest in the Silver Star snow pillow area, but below those of last year. (see charts)

The water board says climate agencies are now reporting there is a 60 per cent chance of a transition from La Nina to a neutral condition this spring.

"In the Okanagan, snow conditions are now trending back nearer to the normal range, but could go either way in the next month," the report concludes.

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