After suffering through four years of drought, snow surveys by the Department of Water Resources this week indicated snowpack in the Sierra Nevada mountains is at 115% of its normal average.
It’s the highest since a 129% reading in 2011, but officials told the Associated Press that snowpack needs to be at 150% by April 1 to help soothe the extended drought.
In normal seasons as the snow melts in spring it provides around a third of the state’s entire water supply.
Reservoirs, however, are still far below historical averages as of Thursday, per DWR data.
Millerton Lake is 39% full, below its 62% average, while Pine Flat is at 19% of its 41% normal level, and Hensley Lake near the City of Madera is at 16%, far below the average 58%.
Lake Oroville in Butte County, one of the state’s largest reservoirs, is at 39%, 22% below the average 61%.
Fortunately Bass Lake, owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, is around 55% full which nears its yearly averages, officials said.
Reservoirs are slowly rising as storms, including a blustery forecast in the Mountain Area this weekend, continue to drench the Golden State.