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After a Dry January, California Snowpack is Trending Below Normal

Sean de Guzman (right), chief of California Department of Water Resources, Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting Section, inserts a survey pole into the snow during the second media snow survey of the year at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on January 30, 2020. DWR's Andy Reising (left) and Jeremy Hill (center) help with the survey. (Ken James/California Department of Water Resources)

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State water officials say the snowpack near Lake Tahoe is 79 percent of the historical average for this time of year.