Stay off river ice in Whitehorse area: emergency officials
Whitehorse emergency officals advise Yukoners not to travel on rivers
Snow pack levels in Yukon are at record highs in some parts of the territory and are unusually low in others.
Rick Janowicz, a Yukon government hydrologist, says the first snow survey of the year in the Porcupine watershed, north of Dawson City, shows record-high levels and is the area of most concern.
"We are going to keep our eye on the Porcupine river basin, as we do on all the basins," says Janowicz. "But I would think that the pack is so significant in that area that even if it doesn't pick up much snow it's still going to be very high come spring."
That means Old Crow could be in for a wet spring.
Janowicz says it's a different story in southern Yukon, where the snow pack is well below normal for this time of year.
He says the next snow survey, in April, is usually more significant because that's when levels tend to peak.
River, lake ice unpredictable
Emergency officials in Whitehorse say there's much less ice on the Yukon River compared to last year.
Barry Blisner, with the Whitehorse Fire Department, says he normally does ice rescue training on the river, but this year a different location will be used.
"Because the formation is so little, down by the bridge itself, we're gonna move down, or we might even move to some of the lakes in and around town."
Blisner says his advice for people going out around Whitehorse is simple: stay off the rivers.