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California sees more snow fall halfway through spring

The calendar may indicate that spring is in the middle of summer, but it’s still snowing in California.

In the Sierra Nevada, Heavenly Ski Resort on Lake Tahoe received 15 inches of snow in 48 hours on Wednesday. epic snow pack A relentlessly damp winter left behind.

Northwest of Tahoe, UC Berkeley’s Central Sierra Snow Lab recorded 5.5 inches over two days, bringing the season total to 743 inches.

Amazingly, a winter weather advisory was issued Wednesday night in the mountains of Southern California. The forecaster said that at over 6,000 feet he predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow cover, with local totals up to 14 inches.

Snow is possible at lower elevations and could affect the Grapevine section of Interstate 5, which climbs the mountain between Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley.

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California is seeing more snow as we head into mid-spring.Forecasters predicted 4 to 8 inches of snow at over 6,000 feet Wednesday (Fox News)

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The National Weather Service said the extreme weather is caused by an unseasonably cold system spinning off of the San Francisco Bay.

The system was expected to move southward, but forecasters noted uncertainty as it was disconnected from the upper stream and its movement was slower than expected.

California appeared to be entering its fourth year of a devastating drought, but from late December through March, atmospheric rivers continued to pour heavy rains and snow, burying the Sierra Mountains in snow and causing flooding. threat has increased.

The state water resources agency said this week that despite a brief rise in temperatures in late April, the snow cover melted at a slower than average pace as temperatures at the beginning of the month were below average and clouds covered the area. rice field.

As of Wednesday, statewide snowpack moisture content was at a historical average of 263%, with a staggering 341% in the Southern Sierra, according to the agency’s online data.

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