Measured on Thursday, snow depth in the North Bay area remains at about twice the long-term average for this time of year, the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority says.
Water equivalence is about 60 per cent above the long-term average.
“Water equivalence has decreased about 20 mm over the past two weeks,” says Joel Harrison, the authority’s water resource scientist. “However, more melting of the snowpack happened yesterday and will continue today due to the rain and warmer temperatures.”
The authority measures snow depth and water equivalence at three locations — the North Bay Golf and Country Club (Chippewa Creek watershed), the Corbeil Conservation Area (LaVase River watershed) and Shirley Skinner Conservation Area (Kaibuskong River watershed).
The snow depth average at the three sites is 90.8cm (211 per cent of the long-term average for this time of year), up 6 cm since the last snow survey readings Feb 28.
Meanwhile, the water equivalence of the snow pack has decreased by 17.7 mm to 182.7 mm (161 per cent of the long-term average).
The long-term averages reflect measurements taken by the authority since it began measuring snow depth and water equivalence in 1987 as part of its flood forecasting program.