Water content of California snowpack far above normal levels

By KATHLEEN RONAYNEDecember 30, 2021

Snow pack being measured in CA. (AP Photo/Randall Benton)

January 2, 2021

California’s mountain snow holds 160 percent of the water it normally does this time of year, state water officials said it was a strong start to the winter season. However, it’s too early to determine whether California will see enough rain and snow in the months to come to put a dent in the historic drought that has lead to deadly fires.

California just finished its second-driest year on record and many of the state’s reservoirs that supply water for tens of millions of people are at historic lows.

“We’re definitely not out of the woods quite yet,” said Sean de Guzman, manager of the snow surveys and water supply forecasting for the California Department of Water Resources.

About a third of California’s water supply comes from snow as it melts and flows down from the Sierra Nevada and the Shasta-Trinity mountain range in northern California.

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