February Sierra snowpack survey carries ominous safeguards for California drought in 2022 after dry January

EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — The California Department of Water Resources is expected to deliver some sobering news for Northern’s California attempt to climb out of its severe drought.

State officials will conduct the second snow survey of the season on Tuesday, with results likely to show below-average snowpack after a bone-dry January.

This past month was San Francisco’s 10th-driest January since 1850, when record-keeping started.

Back in late Decemberthe statewide snowpack was 160% of average during the first snow survey of the water season, following a series of atmospheric rivers.

RELATED: Sierra snowfall smashes December record

The snow survey is one of many important tools that DWR uses to forecast the amount of water that will melt and run off to reservoirs used to help meet California’s water needs

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