Sierra Snow Pack Looking Good
State officials say back-to-back December storms helped build a solid snow pack that is well above normal.
The California Department of Water Resources says the average snow pack in California is between 138 percent and 192 percent of normal for this time of year.
Surveyors hiked to Echo Summit near Lake Tahoe today to physically check the snow pack. That spot holds nearly 16 inches of water.
Monthly mountain snow pack measurements help forecast California´s water outlook during the summer.
However, department officials warn that continued snowfall is needed over the next couple of months to ensure California builds up an adequate water supply.
About 35 percent of the state´s drinking and irrigation water comes from the pack. In addition, snow-fed hydroelectric plants produce about a quarter of California´s power.