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Storms Build Up Sierra Snowpack

The State | IN BRIEF / SACRAMENTO

January 04, 2003|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

From the northern tip of the Sierra Nevada to Southern California, back-to-back December storms have dumped massive amounts of snow, building a snowpack between 138% and 192% of normal for this time of the year, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

However, department officials warn that continued snowfall is needed over the next couple of months to ensure that California builds up an adequate water supply. About 35% of the state's drinking and irrigation water comes from the pack.

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