April 26, 2019 – Following a banner snow season in the Sierra Nevada, snowmelt season is now well underway (though statewide snowpack remains fully 50% above the long-term average to date–the legacy of prodigious mid-winter accumulations).

Temperatures across a majority of California have been well above average over the past month (especially near the coast), with recent days in particular featuring a string of record daily high temperatures (including some early 90+ degree readings across inland areas).

This combination has led to fairly impressive snowmelt, and most snow-fed rivers in California are currently running fast and cold. Only minor flooding has been reported thus far, and currently there are no expectations of any serious snowmelt flooding on the horizon (although there is currently a Flood Watch out for relatively minor snowmelt flooding in the southern Sierra Nevada at the moment).

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