The state’s snowpack level is just 60% of average for this time of year and looks to drop to about 50% by April, according to the latest survey results from the Department of Water Resources (DWR).

“As California closes out the fifth consecutive dry month of our water year…we are going to end with a critically dry year on the heels of last year’s dry conditions,” said DWR Director Karla Nemeth.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor has placed 85% of the state in the category of experiencing moderate to exceptional drought conditions. According to UCLA Climate Scientist Daniel Swain, March is offering “no signs of major storms or heavy precipitation that would help mitigate” the lack of precipitation.