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Snowpack still below average despite winter storms

The state’s Department of Water Resources conducted a manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada on Wednesday and results indicate that snowpack is below average despite recent winter storms that struck the Bay Area.

The survey, the second one of the season, recorded 63 inches of snow depth, which is equivalent to 17 inches of snow water. Those results represent 93 percent average for the location.

Statewide, DWR stations’ measurements indicate California’s snowpack snow water equivalent is 12.5 inches, representing 70 percent of the average for the early February time of year.

DWR The Calfornia Department of Water Resources conducts the February 2021 manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada.

DWR Director Karla Nemeth said:

“The recent blast of winter weather was a welcome sight, but it was not enough to offset this winter’s dry start. While there is still a chance we will see additional storms in the coming weeks, the department and other state agencies are preparing for the potential for a second consecutive year of dry conditions.”

The DWR encourages community members to reduce water use at home. Additional information on how to conserve water at home is available at

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