Northern California storms boosts ski resorts and reservoirs

  • A person walks along 11th Street in downtown Sacramento, Calif. on a rainy Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. A slow-moving storm is expected to deliver a soaking over the next three days to Sacramento. As much as a half-inch of rain was forecasted for Friday. On Saturday and Sunday rain is likely to make last-minute Christmas shopping travel a slog. (AP Photo/The Sacramento Bee, Manny Crisostomo) MAGS OUT; LOCAL TV OUT (KCRA3, KXTV10, KOVR13, KUVS19, KMAZ31, KTXL40); MANDATORY CREDIT

SAN FRANCISCO — The wet weather that has saturated Northern California is giving a much-needed boost to reservoirs and creating ideal skiing conditions.

San Joaquin County Agriculture Commissioner Scott Hudson said on Monday the rains are keeping the grass green for cattle feeds and replenishing reservoirs. The Central Valley often experiences extended droughts during the summer.

Meanwhile, ski resorts are enjoying fresh snow on the slopes.

Squaw Valley USA near Lake Tahoe reported receiving more than 3 feet of new snow between Friday and early Sunday morning.

Resort spokeswoman Amelia Richmond says the new snow is helping assure Squaw Valley reaches its second largest Christmas Day snowpack since 1970.

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