Right, Sean de Guzman and Anthony Burdock with the CA Department of Water Resources, measure snowpack during the first media snow survey of the 2024 season at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada. ( Xavier Mascareñas / California Department of Water Resources )

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Daniel Swain for LAist — California Could See A Snow Drought This Year. What Will It Mean For The State’s Water Supply?

UCLA climate scientist Daniel Swain discusses the record low snow levels gripping California, the Sierra Nevadas and the Western United States for LAist. Swain said California could experience snow drought, when there’s a deficit in the expected snow. In a regular drought, there’s little rain, snow and high temperatures. “But a snow drought, you may actually see average to above-average precipitation and have average to above-average soil moisture but have abysmally low snowpack.”