The California Department of Water Resources is conducting the first manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station in the Sierra Thursday. DWR reports 78.5 inches of snow with a water content of 20 inches at the snow course near Echo Summit along Highway 50. That's 202% of average for this time at that location. It's 81% of what they would expect to find at that location on April 1st, the last survey of the season. Statewide, remote sensors show the total snowpack at 160% of normal for this date.
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