California May Be Returning To Drought Again And Sierra Snow Droughts May Become More Common

Despite a recent blanket of 1 to 2 feet of snow, snow cover in the Sierra is at its lowest point in late January since the peak of the state’s multi-year drought in 2014 and 2015, according to an analysis from NOAA’s National Operational Hyrdologic Remote Sensing Center. Tahoe City, along the north shore of Lake Tahoe, had picked up only 23.5 inches of snow this season through Jan. 30, a season-to-date snowfall deficit of 70.5 inches, or just under 6 feet.