The winter's first snow survey will be released on Friday and it's not looking good. 2013 has closed out as the driest year on record for a large part of California, marked by above-normal temperatures and thirsty reservoirs. Some scientists are calling this one of the five worst snow seasons so far. While a drought has not been declared, some communities have urged residents to conserve water.
Dozens of cities from Sacramento to Los Angeles saw historically parched conditions that set new marks in record-keeping that in some cases dates back more than a century. Already, many of the state's major reservoirs are below average for the month.
December is typically one of the wettest months. Despite an arid month, forecasters say there's still hope for rain in the coming months.