After last winter's big snow totals, this winter has returned drought to California, with state snowpack coming in as 30 percent of normal. Experts point to both less precipitation and warmer temperatures. Ten years ago, slopes in the Sierra were typically snow-covered starting around 5,500 feet; this year, only 10,000-foot-plus elevations see that kind of accumulation.
Recent Storms Not Enough to Save This Year's Snowpack
This week's precipitation has helped, but it's no "Miracle March," meteorologist say.