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.
There’s more bad news for California water users: the snow pack is just half the amount of normal and has already begun to melt.
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.
There’s more bad news for Californians dependent upon Sierra snowmelt for water—the state snow survey on Tuesday measured just 30 percent of normal.
California’s Sierra Nevada snowpack measured a meager 15 inches in some places, officials announced Wednesday.
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.
This year’s formidable Sierra snowpack has brought good news to California farmers and cities that have endured years of drought.
Another potent storm dumped heavy snow Thursday night and Friday morning in the Sierra Nevada, closing highways, schools and ski resorts around Lake Tahoe.