SODA SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) – Heavy snow in Northern California is a recent tide of water in a region struggling with drought.
The Central Sierra Snow Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, said Friday that more than 16 inches of snow had fallen over the past day.
The spring storm triggered warnings from the Oregon border down through the southern Cascades and northern Sierra Nevada. But after a dry winter, late rainfall was welcomed.
Winter did not come from January to March in California.
Thursday’s update of U.S. drought monitoring revealed broad bands of the state in extreme or severe drought, but the report notes recent weeks of useful humidity.
Late-season snowfall helps California in a dry winter, drought