Drought forecast for much of B.C.: Environment Minister

Lower than average snowpacks throughout most of the province will result in a water shortage this summer, B.C.'s environment ministry said Friday.

Wet weather in May and June could reduce the risk, but for now the ministry is saying the peak of the winter's snowpack has accumulated and the melt has begun. Snow packs have declined in most areas during April as a result of drier than normal weather.

With the exception of high-elevation areas on Vancouver Island and the South Coast, snowpacks across B.C. are all below normal. Snowpacks in the South Interior (Nicola, Okanagan, Similkameen, West Kootenay, East Kootenay, Lower Columbia) and in the Northwest Interior (Skeena, Nass) are substantially below normal.