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All Of This Snow Is Great, But It Will Likely Be Months Before We Know The Impact On Colorado’s Drought

You’re seeing the pictures of deep snow being surfed by skiers and snowboarders across the state. The Colorado Department of Transportation is working double time to keep high country stretches of highways passable. But if you were expecting an overnight solution to Colorado’s drought, which has been particularly acute in the southwest part of the state, don’t hold your breath. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows conditions have improved only marginally since the summer and meteorologists and water advocates say whether the snow is adequate to quench the most parched parts of the state won’t be known until spring, when the runoff begins.

Cold Snap Chills Early Risers, But The Coming Rain Is More Worrisome

A cold front moved through San Diego County before dawn Monday, dropping temperatures into the 30s across some inland areas and into the 40s and 50s at and near the coast, says the National Weather Service. San Diego International Airport fell to 50 before dawn, Montgomery Field dropped to 45, Oceanside and Imperial Beach dropped to 48, Julian hit 37.

Storm Expected To Strengthen As It moves South into L.A. Region; Chilly Temperatures To Linger

Keep an umbrella at the ready, Californians, because more wet weather is on the way. A cold front moving through the state will bring up to an inch of rain to Northern California from Monday night through Thursday. “It’s expected to be a really weak and light system,” said Hannah Chandler-Cooley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sacramento. “We don’t anticipate any impacts over any of the burn scar areas up here.”

 

City of San Diego Could Install 250,000 Smart Water Meters

Every home in the city of San Diego could soon have a smart water meter, eliminating the human error that led to thousands of erroneous water bills reaching homes. On Monday, the San Diego City Council authorized up to $25 million to buy more than 250,000 smart water meters from company Itron Inc. The move comes after an audit earlier this year found nearly 3,000 erroneous water bills reached households, some spiking to upwards of $1,000. The audit largely blamed human error from water-meter readers, who are charged with reading hundreds per day.

Forecasters Trim Rain Forecast But Significant Storm Still Expected Wednesday

The National Weather Service has trimmed projected rainfall from the storm that’s expected to hit San Diego County on Wednesday and Thursday. But forecasters say a substantial system will hit the region, further lowering wildfire danger throughout the county.

California to be First Stop of Next Cross-Country US Winter Storm

A new winter storm is gearing up to bring widespread impacts from the south-central United States to the East later this week after first sweeping into California around midweek. The new storm is expected to end the current cool and dry spell in California by returning another round of rain, mountain snow and gusty winds. This storm is not expected to rival the potent storm from late last week which dumped feet of snow in the Sierra Nevada and triggered numerous mudslides in the burn scar areas. However, residents and visitors can still face travel disruptions and localized hazards around midweek.

Huge Delta Water Deal Backed by Dianne Feinstein, Jerry Brown, Kevin McCarthy

California’s most senior Democrat and most powerful Republican in Washington are teaming up to extend a federal law designed to deliver more Northern California water south, despite the objections of some of the state’s environmentalists. While controversial, the language in their proposal could help settle the contentious negotiations currently underway in Sacramento on Delta water flows — the lifeblood of California agriculture as well as endangered salmon and smelt.

Top State Utility Regulator Intervened in Cost Study for Expanded Energy Grid, Records Show

One of the most pressing questions about a plan to expand the California power grid to as many as 14 states was how much it would cost to transfer oversight of the poles and wires from a state-run nonprofit to a regional board of appointees. The California Public Utilities Commission told lawmakers the plan to redefine the way electricity is regulated would cost the agency $700,000. But according to internal documents obtained by The San Diego Union-Tribune, the price tag for the so-called regional power grid was $2.4 million when it was developed by rank-and-file analysts. Utilities commission President Michael Picker rejected that finding as too high.