Big snow promises fuller California reservoirs (U-T San Diego)

January 1 2013 – Early season Sierra snowstorms have given California a head start in washing away a mostly dismal 2012 water year, but weather patterns can quickly shift back to stingy. Going into the New Year, the statewide snowpack was reported at about 146 percent of normal, offering promise that reservoirs will refill and mandatory conservation could be taken off the table this year. “We have a great start to the season, but it’s still early,” said Lesley Dobalian, a water resources specialist for the San Diego County Water Authority. “We depend a lot on late winter and spring so it’s important that we continue to use water wisely. That’s our message.”

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