California's water managers are measuring as little as 3 percent of normal snowpack in areas of the Sierra Nevada mountains as they conduct the first manual surveys of the state's crucial winter snowfall.
Water managers took the measurements Wednesday in a grassy Sierra meadow that was almost bare of snow.
Up to 60 percent of California's water supply starts out as snow in the Sierras. Snowpack so far this year is a fourth of normal across the region.
Department of Water Resources director Grant Davis says state reservoirs still have good supplies from a rainy winter last year. Davis notes the state still has ample time left for big snowstorms.
Davis says there is still a lot of winter left to make up the precipitation.