A Promising Start to the Year for California's Snowpack

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2020 is starting out promising when it comes to California's snowpack.

Crews took their first snow survey of the year last week.

Statewide, the amount of water contained in the snowpack, known as snow water equivalent, was over 9 inches, or 90% of the January 2nd average.  December storms gave California a promising snowpack, despite a slow start with a dry October and early November.

The measurements help determine how much vital runoff can be expected to flow into reservoirs this spring.

The snowpack supplies about 30% of California's water when it melts. For more on the January survey, click here.