SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Back-to-back California storms blanket the Sierra Nevada in snow, more than twice the snowpack level compared to this time last year, with winter still nearly two weeks away.
At the same time last year, the Sierra snowpack was 47 percent of average, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Friday.READ MORE: 2 Vacaville Homes Damaged In Fire
A series of systems starting around Thanksgiving dropped several feet (meters) of fresh powder in some mountain areas.READ MORE: Police Warn Of Rash Of Robberies Along Stockton Boulevard In Sacramento
In the southern Sierra, Mammoth Mountain has recorded nearly 6 feet (1.8 meters) since Oct. 1. The ski resort claims to have the deepest snowpack in the country right now.MORE NEWS: California’s Famed Giant Sequoias Wrapped In Aluminum As Wildfire Nears
The newspaper says mountain snowpack provides about 30 percent of the yearly fresh water supply for California, which has struggled with drought in recent years.