A major road into Yosemite National Park is set to reopen this weekend after a delay because of heavy winter snow.
The state Department of Water Resources took its final snow survey of the season on Monday and found the water content in the snowpack was 144 percent of normal.
State officials have boosted the amount of water available to agencies that supply 25 million California residents and farms that cover almost a million acres.
A Fairfax woman died in a snowmobile accident in Sierra County on Sunday, according to the Sierra County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.
Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an official end to California’s drought as state water officials reported one of the wettest years of snow buildup in the Sierra Nevada.
A death in the Sierras last weekend has officials warning ski enthusiasts of the dangers of the slopes, especially the backcountry.
Heavy snow and drenching rains have left California reservoirs at high levels. The Sierra Nevada snowpack was 159 percent of normal as of Friday.
Another potent storm dumped heavy snow Thursday night and Friday morning in the Sierra Nevada, closing highways, schools and ski resorts around Lake Tahoe.
The California Highway Patrol said a chain-reaction crash involving at least six big rigs and nearly 40 vehicles overall has killed one person and shut down westbound Interstate 80 during a heavy snowstorm in the Sierra Nevada.
Recent storms have made up for January’s dry weather, keeping California’s snowpack above average, state water officials reported Tuesday.