Snow helps, but does not solve, long-term drought |

Snow helps, but does not solve, long-term drought

LAKE TAHOE ” A report says recent heavy snowfall in the Sierra wasn’t enough to dig western Nevada out of a drought, and runoff probably will be less than average this spring.

The water-supply outlook issued Friday by the National Weather Service and the Natural Resources Conservation Service says the average snowpack in the Truckee, Tahoe, Carson and Walker basins increased by 20 percent over a stormy, four-day period last week.

But the report warns that most of eastern California and Nevada remains in a drought because of well-below-normal precipitation over the past two years.

The report says average reservoir storage is low and the area likely will struggle with water supplies again this year.

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