MEYERS, El Dorado County (KCBS) – A dry start to winter is making it tough for state water engineers to find snow.
The state Department of Water Resources conducted its first snow survey of the season Tuesday but found little snow to measure. Officials reported the snowpack water content throughout the Sierra at 19 percent of the average for early January.READ MORE: COVID Lockdown Stress Leads to Spike in Opioid Overdose Deaths
”Half of the state’s rainfall and snow typically comes in December, January and February,” said California Department of Water Resources Chief Deputy Director Sue Sims. “So when we have virtually nothing in December it’s going to be very tough to make that up.”
Water managers are not panicking yet, however. Director Mark Cowin said most of the storm season is still to come and reservoirs remain high after last year’s heavy rain and snow.
State water officials estimate they will deliver 60 percent of the amount requested by contractors this year, largely due to current reservoir levels.READ MORE: Bay Area Officials Ponder Easing Indoor Mask Requirements in Wake of New CDC Guidance
In addition to electronic readings, the state conducts manual snow surveys the first of each month between January and May.
KCBS’ Dave Padilla Reports:
Meanwhile, Daniel Berlant of CalFire said that much of the grass and brush has been dry, and that’s a concern if conditions remain the same.
”As we go into 2012 we’re going to watch the weather very closely because all it takes in a wind event to dry the conditions back out and bring that humidity down, and that fire danger will go back up,” said Berlant.MORE NEWS: UPDATE: Bear Climbs Down From Tree Near Downtown San Anselmo Following Shelter-in-Place
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