Sierra Snowpack Survey: Way Below Average

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - There's more bad news for Californians
dependent upon Sierra snowmelt for water - the state snow survey on
Tuesday measured just 30 percent of normal.

Manual measurements taken Tuesday also support the findings of
electronic monitors last week: The water content is only 26 percent
of what's usually measured on April 1, when the snowpack generally
starts to melt.

The Department of Water Resources depends on the surveys to make
forecasts about deliveries through the State Water Project's system
of aqueducts. More than 28 million people and 29 agencies depend
upon snowmelt for their water.

The good news is that a storm brewing for Tuesday and Wednesday
could bring up to 5 feet of snow at the highest elevations. Between
2 and 4 feet could fall above 6,500 feet.

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