So what impact did the rain have?

Three days of drenching rain in Northern California boosted water levels at several reservoirs but California remains in a state of drought.

First, the Sacramento Valley received between two and four inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). The greatest precipitation was recorded in the foothills between Paradise in Butte County, Nevada County and just north of Placerville in El Dorado County. The rainfall totaled between 10 and 15 inches.

Folsom Lake rose 17 feet between Tuesday, Feb. 4 and Monday, Feb. 10. That brings the lake, which provides water to many area water agencies, to 41 percent of normal for this time of year. However, the reservoir is just at 22 percent of capacity.

Lake Oroville in Butte County and Lake Shasta in Shasta County rose 8 feet and 1 feet, respectively. Oroville is at 55 percent of capacity; Shasta at 53 percent.

Los Melones Lake in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties rose 1 foot and sits at 73 percent of capacity.

NWS says precipitation totals for the Northern Sierra as measured at eight locations is 40 percent of normal for this date.


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