Sierra Snowpack Below Average

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The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) conducted it’s second snow survey of the season on Tuesday, and found that the water content in the Sierra Nevada snowpack is 93 percent of average for this time of the season.

At the end of December, it was 134 percent of average.

Near Echo Summit off US 50, the water content in the snow was found to be 66 percent of average on Tuesday.

Northern California reservoir storage is still healthy.  Folsom Lake is at 110 percent of average, but has been trending downward since mid-December.

What is the takeaway from all of this?  “We’re still seeing decent snowpack conditions due to storms in late November and early December,” said DWR Director Mark Cowin. “Those early season storms also erased the deficit in our reservoir storage, but relatively dry weather this month is once again a reminder that the weather is unpredictable and we must always practice conservation.”

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