Wednesday April 12, 2023


Following one of the biggest snow seasons on record for the Sierra, spring runoff is expected to be well above average for watersheds throughout California this spring.

On Tuesday, officials with California’s Department of Water Resources shared highlights from the agency’s early spring runoff forecast.

That forecast attempts to predict how much water will flow from the Sierra snowpack to various metered points throughout the state.

As of April 11, the Central Sierra has an average snow-water content of 61.5 inches. The South Sierra snowpack is holding an average of 60.9 inches of water. That number is a record high in the South Sierra and more than 300% of the average for the date.

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