State snowpack at 100 percent, according to latest sierra snow survey

State News

PHILLIPS STATION (KRON) — Officials with the Department of Water Resources say they are encouraged with today’s results with a statewide snowpack at 100 percent average.

“We’ve had some really dry years recently so it’s really comforting to finally have an average year being 100 percent, said John Pasch with the DWR.

The Department of Water Resources credits winter storms in early January for the positive snow survey results.

In the DWR’s second survey of the season at Phillips Station, engineers recorded 50 inches of snow depth and 18 inches of snow water equivalent — that’s double the snow pack from last month’s survey.

“We still have two more months to accumulate the typical maximum of snow accumulation,” said John King, a water engineer with the DWR.

Water engineers say the most snow is recorded in April’s survey.

Engineers say Thursday’s results show the snowpack is already at 75 percent of April’s average.

“We’re also getting a good storm in this weekend,” said Chris Orrock with the DWR. “We’re going to see good precipitation and snow down to the lower levels that will increase our totals.”

The DWR will conduct its next snow survey on Feb. 28.

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