Another wet winter, or more drought? It all starts this weekend in Northern California
Nov 2, 2017 at 12:55pm
DALE KASLER AND BENJY EGEL, Sacramento Bee
As California's rainy season gets underway there's a a heavy dose of uncertainty about whether the winter will bring lots of precipitation or a return to drought-like conditions.
The short-term forecast calls for a classic winter storm, with up to 30 inches of snow in Lassen Park and 12 to 18 inches at Donner and Carson passes and other regions of the Sierra. Most of the Sacramento Valley will get at least a half-inch of rain over the weekend, with heavier rainfall expected in Auburn, Placerville and Oroville, the National Weather Service said Thursday.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said last month that La Niña conditions could return this winter. That suggests a relatively dry winter could be in store, especially in the southern half of the state, forecasters said. La Niña is a weather phenomenon linked to cooler-than-average temperatures in the surface of the eastern Pacific Ocean, near the equator.
Though Brown said the drought ended in April, many of California’s largest cities have responded to his recommendation to maintain restrictions on water usage. The city of Sacramento’s winter watering schedule, which began Wednesday, restricts outdoor watering to once a week, either Saturday or Sunday. The city also recommended that residents shut off their sprinkler systems completely through the winter.
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