The Department of Water Resources (DWR) will conduct the second of five scheduled manual snow surveys in water year 2018, at Phillips Station in the Sierra on February 1. The first survey at Phillips on January 3 found virtually no snow due to an exceptionally dry December.
The Phillips snow course is one of hundreds of locations that will be measured during the winter and early spring to support the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program. Water managers use measurements of the snowpack’s water content to help them anticipate runoff from the mountains during the spring snowmelt. Program Chief Frank Gehrke will brief the media on the Phillips measurements and his conclusions about water conditions so far during Water Year 2018. More information on the importance of the snow surveys can be found at the California Data Exchange Center: http://cdec.water.ca.gov/snow/