California Department of Water Resources / Courtesy photos Frank Gehrke, chief of California Cooperative Snow Surveys, prepares to measure snowpack Thursday at the Phillips snow course near Echo Summit on Highway 50.
A snow survey conducted Thursday by the California Department of Water Resources found the Sierra Nevada snowpack to be far below normal.
The state’s second manual snow survey this winter was conducted Thursday at four locations. Statewide, the snow water equivalent measured by more than 100 sensors was 4 inches, 25 percent of the historic average. The snow water equivalent is the estimated amount of water that would result if the snowpack was melted instantaneously.
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