Local

Calif. drought: New survey finds snowpack still below normal despite storms

The Los Angeles Aqueduct carries water from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains, which carry less snow than normal, to major urban areas of southern California on May 9, 2008 near Lone Pine, California.
The Los Angeles Aqueduct carries water from the snowcapped Sierra Nevada Mountains, which carry less snow than normal, to major urban areas of southern California on May 9, 2008 near Lone Pine, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

California's Department of Water Resources says its latest survey shows the Sierra Nevada snowpack is still well below normal — bad news for the drought-stricken state.

The survey was made Thursday as the first of two back-to-back Pacific storms lightly blanketed the Sierra with fresh snow.

The department says manual and electronic readings show the snowpack's statewide water content at 24 percent of average for the date.

The northern and central Sierra snowpack provides about a third of California's water supply.

More snow is expected from the week's second and more powerful storm which is expected to arrive late Thursday and last into Saturday.