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THE STATE | IN BRIEF / SACRAMENTO

Sierra Snowpack at Above-Normal Depths

March 03, 2004|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A series of heavy winter storms last week has piled Sierra snow to above-normal depths, with a month remaining to build the snowpack on which California relies for much of its water and hydroelectricity.

Snow depth in the northern Sierra Nevada range -- from Mt. Shasta to the Feather River -- was at 141% of normal, the equivalent of 3 feet of liquid awaiting the spring thaw.

"That's a lot of water," said Jeff Cohen, a spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources.

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