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Sierra Snowpack Has Water Managers Happy So Far

California’s water managers said the state has a good supply of water so far thanks to a snowy December.

Aired 1/3/13 on KPBS News.

California’s water managers say the state has a good supply of water so far thanks to a snowy December.

The first official measurement of the Sierra Nevada snowpack showed four feet of accumulation. Manual and electronic readings showed the water content of the snow at 134 percent of average for this time of year.

Frank Gehrke is with the Department of Water Resources. He said last year the snowpack in the area was just over one-tenth of an inch.

“It’s obviously a good start to the season," said Gehrke. "The real key is going to be how long the nice weather we’re currently experiencing is going to last.”

This year's early snow is the result of a series of tropical storms that flowed over the region last month. But weather forecasters are warning that we may have a dry January.

The snowpack provides about a third of the water for California homes, farms and industries.

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