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Recent Storms Not Enough to Save This Year's Snowpack

This week's precipitation has helped, but it's no "Miracle March," meteorologist say.

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This week’s rain and snowstorms from the Bay Area to the Sierra have helped alleviate the dry winter, but meteorologists say the precipitation can’t prevent a drier-than-normal year. Because it has dropped plenty of rain, the storm system might actually melt some of the high country’s snow; experts are also concerned the precipitation could cause landslides where the Thomas Fire burned last fall.