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Storms Boost Sierra Snowpack; Conditions Still Dry

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Snow on the road in the Sierra. (CBS)

Snow on the road in the Sierra. (CBS)

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SACRAMENTO (CBS/AP) — State water managers say a recent spate of storms has brought California’s water supply up to more than half of normal levels, but that is still not enough rain to change dry conditions in Southern California.

The Department of Water Resources’ annual survey of the Sierra snowpack released Monday shows the snow across the 400-mile-long Sierra Nevada range is holding about 55 percent the normal level of water for this time of year.

Levels in Southern California are only about 39 percent of normal.

Reservoir supplies will help boost deliveries, but the final amount of water that can be sent to 25 million Californians and nearly 1 million acres of farmland will largely depend on the weather in the next month.

Monday’s snow survey was the fourth of five that will be conducted for the season.

 

 

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