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Mountain snowpack in B.C. boosts the risk for spring flooding

Tuesday, March 1st 2022, 3:19 pm - With snowmelt in the mountains, a higher sun angle, warmer temperatures and some rainfall, the potential for spring flooding in B.C. is greatly elevated.

After a volatile fall with multiple extreme and destructive atmospheric rivers, B.C. is bracing for the possibility of more flooding this spring as a result of the alpine snowpack and other factors.

According to Jaclyn Whittal, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, spring in B.C. means snowmelt in the mountains. So, when combined with a higher sun angle, warmer temperatures and some rainfall, the potential for flooding is substantially heightened.

"Some of the higher elevation sites...actually experienced some pretty significant snowfall accumulation, and that continued into mid-December," said Jonathan Boyd, a hydrologist at the B.C. River Forecast Centre. "Areas that experienced extreme flooding in November are certainly more susceptible this year to the erosion that has already taken place."

Watch the video above for the full story on the spring flooding potential in B.C.

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