Despite considerable snowfall in the Sierra during the New Year weekend, the water content of the statewide snowpack remains below average for early January. DWR conducted its first media-oriented snow survey on January 3 at Phillips Station just off Highway 50, three miles from Echo Summit. The snow water equivalent was 6 inches, compared with the early-January average of 11.3 inches. Statewide readings from electronic sensors indicate water content of 7.2 inches, 70 percent of the January 3 average. California normally receives two-thirds of its precipitation from December to March. Today’s readings provide a key starting point for the season but don’t indicate how the season will end.