Snowpack is a crucial component of California’s water supply. While heavy winter or spring rains can bring replenishment to streams, rivers, and reservoirs snowpack levels also have a significant impact on water storage and supply. In spring months, long after rains have ceased, warm weather melts snowpack, replenishing reservoirs and rivers.
On March 5, the Department of Water Resources conducted their third snowpack survey of the year, revealing only 39 percent of historical averages. This was an improvement from the 14 percent of annual average levels from the February survey, but not enough to give water managers any comfort. It may take a “Miracle March” to avoid another drought year.