Weather experts are forecasting mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures in San Diego through Valentine’s Day, but with no rain in sight state water officials are watching.
Forecasters are calling for moderate temperatures through Feb. 14, with daytime highs hovering in the low to mid 70s at San Diego International Airport.
The Southland’s warm, mostly dry winter is being mimicked in Northern California, impacting the state’s snowpack.
The amount of water held in the snow as of late last week was only about 27 percent of normal, according to state data.
The snowpack is important because when it melts the water runoff helps replenish state reservoirs.
Although those reservoirs are relatively full and holding more water than what is average for this time of year due to last winter’s rains, lack of snow may be of “some concern” — but “it’s way too soon to be alarmed” about the possibility of another drought, Doug Carlson, a spokesman for the California Department of Water Resources told the New York Times.
Another official offered equal optimism to the media outlet.
“There’s still a lot of winter left,” said Frank Gehrke, the chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program. “Anything can happen.”
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