The State Department of Water Resources will conduct its second snow survey up and down the state today. A key focus of attention will be the manual reading at the station off Highway 50 near Echo Summit. Manual readings, as well as electronic readings from remote sensors will determine the water content in the snowpack.
The electronic readings indicate that water content in the statewide snowpack is 38 percent of normal. The earlier January 3 survey recorded snowpack water content at 19 percent of normal for that date.
Although the snowpack water content is low, the reservoir storage is above average. Lake Oroville, the state’s biggest storage reservoir, is at 107 percent of average for this date.
There has been some recent snow at Lake Tahoe. NorthStar is reporting 2 inches in the last 24 hours and 1 inch overnight.
Electronic snowpack readings: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cgi-progs/snow/DLYSWEQ
Electronic reservoir readings: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/cdecapp/resapp/getResGraphsMain.action