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Snowpack Water Content Remains Below Average
During the first four months of water year 2018, rainfall and the snowpack’s water content remain below average. Electronic readings show the statewide water content of the snowpack is 4.9 inches, or just 27 percent of the February 1 average. During measurements taken today at Phillips Station, in the Sierra Nevada, DWR found 2.6 inches of snow water equivalent (SWE). While the snowpack was found far below average, there is still a possibility of a wet February and March. Today’s measurements are important for understanding the snowpack’s health.

“California experiences the most variable weather in the nation,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth. “It’s vital that water conservation efforts remain consistent regardless of the year’s precipitation.”

For more information on February's snow survey, read our press release.

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