The final survey for 2014 found more bare ground than snow in the Sierra Nevada, and the snowpack at a mere 18 percent of average.
Despite clouds, rain, slick roads, and snow down to lake level in Tahoe, the precipitation on Tuesday and Wednesday had little or no effect on reservoirs, with Folsom Lake reporting higher water levels before the storms than after.
Water officials in Santa Clara County are still advising residents to conserve, but are not making it mandatory this year.
Even though Silicon Valley is expected to get some heavy rainfall this week along with the rest of the Bay Area, it isn’t expected to change the overall water picture in the dry valley.
The water level in Lake Tahoe is the highest it’s been in years. While this summer had many folks at Lake Tahoe searching for a dry beach to lay down a towel, this is great news for downstream water users in the coming year.