Drought persists despite heavy rain in Northern California

Snowpack at 72 percent of normal

SAN DIEGO - Despite heavy rain in Northern California, state officials aren't ready to declare an end to the drought.

Tuesday, officials said the Sierra snowpack is at 72 percent of normal.

The mountain snow contributes about one third of California's water when it melts and fills the reservoirs.

Northern California had its wettest October in 30 years, although the snowpack is typically deepest in April.

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