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DWR: Statewide Snowpack At 79% Of Average For January

Recent wet weather hasn’t translated into a lot of snow in the mountains. The California Department of Water Resources took a second survey of the year Thursday at Philips Station. The manual survey recorded 40.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 14.5 inches, which is 79 percent of average for this location. The snow water equivalent is a good indicator of the amount of water available during the Spring runoff. In addition to the manual surveys, DWR collects readings from 130 electronic snow sensors scattered throughout the state. Measurements indicate that statewide, the snowpack’s water equivalent is 12 inches, or 72 percent of the January 30th average. The snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California’s water needs as it melts in the Spring and early Summer.