B.C.’s lack of snow foretells summer drought woes

By Rochelle Baker  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter The persistent lack of snow across much of B.C. is setting the stage for a possible repeat of the record-breaking provincewide drought experienced last summer, watershed experts worry. Despite a short blast of arctic weather in January, unseasonably warm temperatures coupled with rain have been melting already stressed snowpacks, particularly in parts of southern B.C. and Vancouver Island, said Coree Tull, co-chair of the BC Watershed Security Coalition. “If you look at local ski hills, many are all closed,” Tull said. “From my front window, I can see the North Shore Mountains and Grouse Mountain right in front of me and the main run is completely bare.” This year, drought concerns are surfacing even earlier than last, Tull said, noting snowpacks act as…

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