FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - California water managers say the Sierra Nevada has an above-average snowpack for this time of year, yet it's not enough to make a dent in California's stubborn drought.
Department of Water Resources spokesman Doug Carlson said preliminary estimates taken Wednesday show that recent storms boosted the snowpack's statewide water content to 112 percent of normal for late December.
Officials say it will take moisture levels much greater than normal to have a substantial impact on the drought.
National Weather Service meteorologist Nathan Owen says more than a foot of new snow could fall Thursday at Lake Tahoe.
The winter's wet start comes as a sharp contrast to last year.
On Jan. 1, the snowpack measured at 45 percent of the historical average. By April 1, it was at 5 percent, marking a record low.
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A brush fire spread through a La Jolla-area canyon Friday, blackening steep open terrain near clusters of large homes, but causing no reported structural damage or injuries.
Cal-Fire is responding to a ten acre fire in Witch Creek outside of Julian. The fire has been dubbed the Cinnamon Fire.
An unlicensed and uninsured motorist, who fled the scene after hitting a good Samaritan helping two people stranded in a broken- down car in Ocean Beach, was sentenced to a year in local custody.
A 2-year-old girl is in the hospital Friday with serious injuries after she fell from a fourth-floor window at an apartment complex in San Diego's University City neighborhood, police said.
The Trump administration said Thursday that it has reunified 364 children ages 5 and older with their families after they were separated at the border, still leaving hundreds to go before a court-imposed deadline a week away.
Major road repairs are underway on South Twin Oaks Valley Road between Craven road and Barham in San Marcos after a sinkhole formed in the middle of the road.
A 31-year-old woman died when she was struck by a car and killed while walking on a Vista street, authorities said Friday.
Monsoonal moisture will decrease through early next week. Strengthening high pressure will increase temperatures through the next week.
After a heated debate, the Encinitas Planning Commission on Thursday voted against a Beacon's Beach access staircase design.