However, the Department of Water Resources say it won't be enough to put a real dent in the drought.
The Department said Wednesday before the storm began, readings showed the water content of the snowpack had dropped to 10 percent of normal statewide.
The state's reservoirs are also only a third full.
Earlier this month, Governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency.
Snow Water Equivalents Divided Per Region for Jan. 30
- Northern Sierra - 6 percent normal for this date
- Central Sierra - 15 percent normal for this date
- Southern Sierra - 14 percent normal for this date
Overall water use decreased again in September compared to last year in the Sacramento region. Water providers are also pumping less groundwater, despite a heavier reliance on it in the drought.
If a flood were to hit Twitchell Island in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta it would threaten much of California’s water supply. It’s why emergency management agencies are holding flood-fighting exercises during a drought.
UC Davis researchers have identified 'high priority' dams in California where releasing water may be a key for the survival of native fish species.
California Governor Jerry Brown says the state can lead the way with its water policies just as California is leading the way with initiatives for renewable energy and climate change.
A winter forecast from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center Thursday shows the California drought may persist or intensify in parts of the state.