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Despite recent storms, a drought may still be ahead for California

Historically, it doesn't look like we can't catch up to big losses in rain and snow, climate experts say.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Hail and rain blanketed much of the Greater Sacramento Area this week, though experts say it’s not likely to play a major role in the state’s drought position.

“Well it’s no surprise that we are dry for this year and it’s going into the second year,” said ABC10’s Chief Meteorologist Monica Woods. “Historically it just doesn’t look good that we’re gonna catch up in any way shape or form for the big losses that we’ve seen in rain and snow.”

Having endured two consecutively dry winters, California’s snowpack in most areas is less than 75% of normal for this time of year, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Many water agencies in California have discussed water conservation measures, the center wrote in its latest drought report. The North Marin Water District in the San Francisco Bay Area has already considered voluntary and mandatory water conservation orders.

The newest drought monitor map is expected to be released Thursday, said Brian Fuchs with the center.

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