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.
Parts of the Bay Area have already seen record-breaking amounts of rain over the weekend, a National Weather Service official said.
The abundance of ground water after the heavy rainfall in 2010 and 2011, and the success of conservation efforts, has ironically led the Santa Clara Valley Water District to try and raise rates to make up for lower demand.
The lack of rain this year is starting to make water officials in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties a little nervous.
This was supposed to be a cold, dry “La Nina” winter in California, but so far, it’s been anything but, with many of the state’s reservoirs already full, and spilling over.