Snow Survey Shows Sierra Nevada Snowpack Well Above Normal

Apr 3, 2019

California got some good news today [Tuesday] for the state's water supply. The snowpack is well above average reports Capital Public Radio’s Ezra David Romero.

Statewide the snowpack is 162 percent of average. That's thanks to more than 30 atmospheric rivers that brought storms this winter and now spring. 

The snowpack provides about 30 percent of the state's water supply as it melts and is released from reservoirs. Chris Orrock is with the California Department of Water Resources. He says the April results are usually a sign of what to expect in spring and summer.

[CASNOWPACK-1] "We're seeing here that it’s nice and cold and still snowing. The snowpack is nice and cold. It's a little different than 2017 where it was warmer water and a little warmer snowpack and it melted quicker."

But with all the snow, Orrock says there's potential for light flooding as the snow melts.

Usually the early April survey is the last of the year, but because of the sheer amount of snow another will be conducted in May.