California's snowpack levels above normal
Published: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 2:11 p.m.
SACRAMENTO — Officials say several early season storms have pushed California's snowpack — which supplies much of the state's water — to well above normal levels.
The state Department of Water Resources said Wednesday that early electronic readings indicate that the water content of California's snowpack is 146 percent above normal for this time of year.
The snowpack usually provides a third of the water used by households, farms and industries across the state.
The department says the early storms have also replenished many of the state's reservoirs.
Among those showing increases for this time of year include Lake Oroville in Butte County at 111 percent above normal, and Shasta Lake north of Redding at 113 percent.
The DWR will conduct its first official snow survey next week.
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