The final manual snow pack reading of the season shows the Sierra Nevada Range has 196 percent the average snow pack for May 1st. The Department of Water Resources says the measurement in the southern range is 180 percent of normal, but don’t expect it to melt too soon as Valley temperatures heat up. It takes an even amount of sunshine and heat at high elevations before the snow begins to melt. Local water managers say our infrastructure can handle the excessive water without flood concerns, as long as there are no heavy rains.

Sean Michael Lisle