State officials are reporting a smaller Sierra Nevada snowpack than normal and calling on Californians to immediately conserve water. The state Department of Water Resources says the snowpack is about 61% of its usual depth across the 400-mile-long mountain range. It released the findings Thursday as part of the second snow survey of the season. Department director Lester Snow says the results indicate California is heading for a third dry year. He says Californians must immediately begin conserving water at home and at work. Levels were 49% of normal in the northern Sierra and about 63% of normal in the central region and 68% of normal in the southern region.
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