August 10, 2020
California snow pack dwindles after generous January storms
SACRAMENTO – (INT) – A drier February is having an impact on the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada.

The State Department of Water Resources said Tuesday the statewide snow pack water content is 7 percent below normal despite the fact that precipitation since October 1st is only about 5 percent above average.

The figures paint a disappointing outcome to El Nino forecasts that consistently called for much above normal rain and snowfall this winter.

Northern California reservoir storage and the snow pack benefited from storms in January. But, all major reservoirs except Lake Folsom remain below their historical averages for late February.

The Sierra snow pack normally contributes about 30 percent of California’s water.

An updated snow pack survey is scheduled for next Tuesday.
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