The first significant storm to hit Northern California in 14 months produced impressive amounts of rain and snow over the weekend.
California’s last snow survey of the season is bad news for the millions of state residents who rely on the snowpack for their water.
Water officials in Santa Cruz are already calling for residents to exercise restraint in their water usage this Spring, following a less than stellar rainy winter season.
KPIX 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Deanno reports that only 1.34 inches of rainfall has been recorded downtown since the start of the year. A normal total through February would be 8.51 inches.
The first snow survey of the year took place Wednesday morning at four locations near Echo Summit in the Sierra Nevada mountain range and indicates that the state’s snowpack is wetter than average.
A series of Pacific storms are expected to bring rain to the Bay Area and snow to the Sierra beginning Thursday night and increasing through the weekend.
State water officials say recent storms have not made up for this year’s dry winter, leaving California’s snowpack at below average levels.
The state Department of Water Resources conducted its first snow survey of the season Tuesday but found little snow to measure.
Skies have turned gray over the Bay Area, and rainfall was expected for the next few days as a storm system from the Gulf of Alaska passes through the region.
A just released water policy report finds consumers paid dearly during California’s most recent drought in the form of higher energy prices, and environmental strain.