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Sierra snowpack at 130 percent of average

The bad news was: There was a lot of snow. Avalanche fears delayed the Feb. 1 snow survey results. Surveyors were unable to reach all the snow courses in high altitudes to measure the heftiness of the snow pack and estimated water runoff.

But all risks aside, their task for this month has finally been completed. The results came out Monday.

And the good news is: There is a lot of snow.

However, the sunny weather everyone is now enjoying could mean trouble for Merced County’s irrigation water supply if it lasts.Frank Gehrke, snow surveys coordinator for the California Department of Water Resources, said the entire Sierra is at 130 percent of average for this time of year. This figure puts the state at 83 percent of average for the season.

“For those numbers to hold up, we’d need to have storm activity for the rest of the season,” Gehrke said. “Two more months of storm activity.”

The final — and most important — figures for the season are taken April 1.

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