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
Last year, California saw everything from intense drought to torrential rain. Researchers and water agencies say that the future of the state’s drought depends on adapting to these shifts.
As the drought dries up California’s wetlands, traveling birds such as ducks, geese and eagles are struggling to survive and breed. “This drought is bad. The odds are against us,” a state expert said.
Drought resilience depends on location but also extraordinary engineering — determining which California places are running out of water this year and which remain in good shape.
About 4,300 users were issued notices to halt diversions from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Experts say the current drought is hotter and drier than previous ones, meaning water is evaporating faster.
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