Storms are making a dent in California’s drought; 7 feet of snow expected in some areas


From LA Times, by Sarah Parvini, Louis Sahagun and Joseph Serna

The third and latest storm to hit the state within a week is expected to inundate rivers in Northern California and flood parts of Napa Valley wine country, while also blanketing the frigid Sierra Nevada in heavy snowfall, according to state officials.

The storm, which is expected to last through Thursday, could dump up to 7 feet of snow across the Sierra, greatly bolstering the state’s snow-water supply. Mountain snowpack on Tuesday measured 135% of the seasonal average, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

On Monday, it was at 126% of its average for this time of year.

A few big storms alone won’t end California’s six-year drought. However, the appearance this year of a “Pineapple Express” — a type of atmospheric river originating in the tropics — is making a welcome dent in California’s water deficit.

Officials released water from the Folsom Lake reservoir and several others as a…

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