"SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Record rain and snowfall in recent weeks has eased half of California out of a persistent drought and bolstered the store of mountain snow that the state relies on to provide water during the warm, dry spring and summer.
Statewide on Friday there was nearly twice as much snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains as is typical for March 3, the California Department of Water Resources said. The snow also was dense and wet, meaning that it held nearly 170% of the typical amount of water for this time of year, the agency said.
The snowpack is considered California's largest reservoir, and is vital to fill streams and lakes as it slowly melts."
Sharon Bernstein reports for Reuters March 5, 2023.
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