Snow at the Mt. Laguna Observatory in East County on Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy UCSD HPWREN network

California’s vital Sierra Nevada snowpack measured 197 percent of average on Tuesday in the aftermath of three weeks of storms — the highest level in more than a decade.

Automated measuring stations showed 161 percent in the northern section, 195 percent in the central area and 240 percent in the south.

Doug Carlson, a spokesman for the Department of Water Resources, said it’s too early to call the California drought over, but said the recent storms will do “quite a bit toward alleviating the drought impacts” in the hardest hit parts of the state

“We’re very cautiously optimistic that this will be an extraordinarily wet year,” he said.

The snowpack provides nearly a third of California’s water supply as runoff from the melting snow in the spring fills the state’s reservoirs.

Snow was much in evidence across California Tuesday, including in the San Diego-area mountains and the ski resorts near Los Angeles.

The Mountain High resort in the San Gabriel Mountains reported the latest round of storms dropped two-to-three feet of snow, easily making it the resort’s largest snowstorm in the past five years.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.