Rain and snow are expected to hit Nevada County later this week after an extended dry period, said a spokeswoman from the National Weather Service in Sacramento.
“We are expecting a storm and rain likely Thursday with a chance of rain and snow Thursday night to Friday,” said Stefanie Henry, NWS meteorologist.
The snow levels are estimated to be between 2,000 and 4,000 feet, Henry said, with lower snow levels Friday.
“Most of the snow will be between 2 and 5 inches,” Henry said. “A few local higher peaks may have up to 8 inches.”
Despite arid weather conditions, the seasonal precipitation and water storage remain above average levels, according to a news release by the Nevada Irrigation District.
NID measured snowpack depth and water content on six mountain snow courses and found that the average water content fulfilled 85 percent of the Feb. 1 average.
“Storage is good in district reservoirs due to the nearly 200 percent of average precipitation we received in November and December,” said Sue Sindt, NID operations supervisor who oversees the district’s snow survey program, in the news release.
As of Jan. 31, NID water storage stood at 209,100 acre feet, which equals 84 percent of capacity and 127 percent of average for the date, Sindt said.
Following the second snowpack survey of 2013 measured Jan. 29, officials with the California Department of Water Resources reported water content in California’s mountain snowpack is below average for the date. This comes only a month after officials were reporting snowpack conditions to be well above average. Statewide water content was at 93 percent of average for this time of year. The water content is at 55 percent of the average April 1 measurement, when the snowpack is normally at its peak before the spring melt.
That dry weather in January should also be expected in February, Henry said.
“February is predicted to be drier than normal,” Henry said. “It’s hard to say at this point how dry, but currently we are still above normal for the rainfall for the season.”
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