According to the state Department of Water Resources the water content in the state’s snowpack is 66 percent of the average for this time of year and only 57 percent of the average amount for the entire winter season. according to the state Department of Water Resources.
The survey found the snowpack “has not kept pace with the calendar” and it is “unlikely” late-season storms will make up a deficit in water supply.
Based on snow survey results, electronic readings for the Central Sierra Nevada mountains show 67 percent of average water content to-date and 58 percent of the seasonal average. The survey put the Northern Sierra at 70 percent to-date and 62 percent for the season. The Southern Sierra is at 60 percent to-date and 51 percent for the season.
Dry winter conditions mean lower flows in rivers, creeks and waterfalls throughout the park and an increased fire danger.