Water content ranged from 108 percent of normal in the northern Sierra to 176 percent of normal in the southern Sierra, even though January snowfall was just 13 percent of average.
Sierra runoff provides about one-third of the water for California’s homes, businesses and farms.
The department projects it will deliver 60 percent of the water requested by its contractors, who serve 25 million Californians and nearly 1 million acres of agricultural land.
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