Sierra snowpack survey far from ideal

Apr 1, 2014 3:23 PM

State officials say California's snowpack is at 32 percent of normal at a time of year when it's supposed to hit its peak.

According to the Associated Press, the Department of Water Resources said measurements taken in the Sierra Nevada today indicate no relief for a state in the grips of its third consecutive dry year.

The results mean a challenging summer for California farmers and many communities already facing restrictions on water use.

State officials say while recent storms helped boost the snowpack's water levels, they have not been enough to reverse the ongoing drought.

California depends on runoff from the Sierra Nevada to see it through the hot, dry summer.

Surveyors check the snowpack on the first of each month during the wet season, with the last scheduled for May 1st.

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