California's first snow survey of the new year is in the books. The Department of Water Resources conducted the manual snow survey today at Phillips Station, just east of Sacramento. Officials say the snow water equivalent of six inches in this location is roughly half of what is considered normal. DWR says they also came up with a statewide average by using all 105 electronic snow sensors across the Sierra. The numbers reveal an average snow water equivalent of seven-point-two inches, which is about 70 percent of normal. 

Frank Gehrke and his team from the State Department Of Water Resources say the warmer rains we had in the fall helped replenish the groundwater. 

They're also confident the storms lined up and on the way will bring us even closer to the average snowpack - with fingers crossed, the cold is here to stay for a while.