Water everywhere

Union Democrat staff

Recent storms have pushed the state's snowpack to nearly 150 percent of normal levels.

The Sierra snowpack, which supplies most of the state's water, is 146 percent of normal for this time of year, according to the California Department of Water Resources.

The department will conduct its first official snow survey next week.

Reservoirs across the state have also been replenished by recent storms.

Locally, Donnell's Reservoir is 130 percent of normal, and New Melones is at 118 percent. However, Beardsley and Tulloch reservoirs are only 88 and 74 percent of normal respectively.

The most recent series of storms brought several inches of rain and snow to the Mother Lode, but a break in storms is expected through today and most of Friday.

Mostly sunny skies are forecast for areas below Twain Harte, but elevations above 4,000 feet will remain partly cloudy today.

Temperatures this morning were freezing or near freezing throughout the Mother Lode but were expected to climb throughout the day. A high of 46 is predicted in Sonora and Angels Camp.

Rising temperatures may also bring fog. The National Weather Service issued a fog warning for the Central Valley and foothills. The fog will be dense in some areas, reducing visibility to less than one-quarter mile.

No rain or snow was predicted for today, but there is a 30 percent chance of showers Friday night through Saturday in Sonora and Angels Camp.

Areas near Twain Harte and above have a 30 percent chance of snow during that time.

As of this morning, Sonora has accumulated 15.22 inches of rain for the year, with 17.74 inches in Angels Camp.

Mi-Wuk Village received more than 4.5 inches of snow since Christmas Eve on Monday.

Average December rainfall for Sonora is 5.15 inches. Since Dec. 1, Sonora has accumulated more than 10 inches of rain, nearly double the average for this time of year.

Dodge Ridge and Bear Valley ski resorts both opened last week. Dodge Ridge reported 22 inches of snowfall in the past three days. Bear Valley recorded 15 inches of snow from the latest storm.

Caltrans advised motorists to prepare for winter weather, have their vehicles winterized and to check road conditions before driving.

For road conditions, call 800-427-7623 or visit www.dot.ca.gov.

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