California DWR: Sierra Snowpack Currently at 37% of Average

Mike Lavery | | WeatherWeather
Sierra aerial snow picture
Satellite imagery of the Sierra snowpack at the end of April. Photo: NASA

Even with a miracle March that renewed the hopes of many California skiers and riders, snowpack levels are still well below historic averages. According to the California DWR, snow sensors are recording average depths only 37% of normal across the state.

Sierra SNOTEL averages
Sierra snowpack depths by region. Image: NWS

Northern Sierra: 30% of Normal

Central Sierra: 44% of Normal

Southern Sierra: 31% of Normal

Statewide: 37% of Normal

With spring in full swing, any significant improvement in these numbers seems unlikely.  On the bright side, it’s not time to panic yet. Last years epic winter still has the states reservoirs and drinking water supplies in good shape.


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