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Winter storms wash away California drought, enlarge snowpack

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, February 28 2019 Feb 28, 2019 February 28, 2019 2:55 PM February 28, 2019 in News - AP National

By JOHN ANTCZAK
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow amid a still-unfolding winter of storms that was unimaginable just a few months ago.

The U.S. Drought Monitor reports Thursday that more than 87 percent of California is free of drought conditions or unusual dryness and just over 2 percent remains in the drought category.

State water resources officials say the vital Sierra Nevada snowpack is now at 153 percent of average to date.

A measurement taken Thursday at Phillips Station near Sierra-at-Tahoe found 113 inches (287 centimeters) of snow depth compared to just 13½ inches (34.2 centimeters) a year ago.

The Sierra snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California's water when it melts in spring and summer.

Forecasters expect stormy weather to continue.

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