September 20, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A weather system that brought a smattering of rain and snow to California has moved on with little impact on the state's deepening drought.
Though nearly 2 feet of snow fell in parts of the Sierra Nevada in Northern California this week, a snow survey there on Thursday found the snow water equivalent was just 12 percent of normal for this time of winter. The water in the northern and central Sierra snowpack provides about a third of California's water supply. Satellite photos from space show the tops of the towering peaks as brown instead of white.
Elsewhere, the weak cold weather system provided a few sprinkles of rain, but it amounted to only a few hundredths of an inch. The forecast calls for a chance of light rain on Sunday.