FRESNO, Calif. – Officials say California has more snow than the drought-stricken state has seen in five years.
The state Department of Water Resources reported Tuesday that the water content of the Sierra Nevada snowpack is at 115 percent of its historical average.
The electronic readings are the highest since 2011, when it reached 129 percent.
The Sierra snowpack contributes nearly one-third of California's water when it melts in the spring.
State water managers say reservoirs remain far below average levels for this time of year, despite the recent wet winter.
They say the snowpack would have to be at 150 percent of normal by April 1 to ease the four-year drought.