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The massive snowdrifts in the Sierra Nevada could finally end the five-year drought in California and even keep skiers on the slopes long enough to celebrate July 4.

Winter snowfall on California's 400-mile mountain range provides roughly one-third of the the state's water, as the snow melts over the spring and summer, and fills reservoirs supplying farmers and city dwellers.

The California Department of Water Resources will once again manually measure the snowpack on Wednesday, saying the state is on track for one of the wettest winters on record after five years of drought.

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Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, crosses a snow covered meadow after conducting the second manual snow survey of the season at at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, California

Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program for the Department of Water Resources, crosses a snow covered meadow after conducting the second manual snow survey of the season at at Phillips Station near Echo Summit, California

The California Department of Water Resources officials are seen conducting a snow survey

The California Department of Water Resources officials are seen conducting a snow survey

In 2015 a portion of the mountain was free of snow In 2017 (right), snow covers the same part of a Sierra Nevada mountain northwest from Phillips Station meadow where officials conducted a promising snow survey Slide me

In 2015 a portion of the mountain was free of snow. It was the first time in 60 years the area had no snowfall. In 2017 (right), snow covers the same part of a Sierra Nevada mountain northwest from Phillips Station meadow where officials conducted a promising snow survey

This 2015 photo shows barely any snow on a peak in the Sierra Nevada mountains A photo from 2017 taken in the same spot shows a huge increase in snow fall Slide me

The striking difference between the photo taken in 2015 (left) and an image taken at the same spot in 2017 how much the snow has impacted the surrounding landscape 

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The view at the bottom of a mountain from 2015 shows two dry roadsides. A picture taken in the same spot in 2017 shows snow infringing on the tarmac 

A satellite image from 2017 shows a huge build up of snow in the same area

Aerial shots taken in 2015 (left) and 2017 (right) show the huge difference in the amount of snow on the same area of the Sierra Nevada mountains 

In 2006 (left) there was a large amount of snow on the peaks, before the drought took hold. Ten years later in 2016 (right) there are far more areas of green and patches that have dried out 

2017: Fog and mist shroud the Sierra Nevada, near Echo Summit. The state is on track for one of the wettest winters on record after five years of drought

2017: Fog and mist shroud the Sierra Nevada, near Echo Summit. The state is on track for one of the wettest winters on record after five years of drought

2015: Governor of California Edmund Brown surveys the dry ground in the Sierra Nevada at the height of the drought 

2015: Governor of California Edmund Brown surveys the dry ground in the Sierra Nevada at the height of the drought 

On Tuesday, electronic monitors showed the snowpack was at 186 per cent of the normal level for this time of year.

Doug Carlson, of the state agency, says the winter's historic snow and rainfall has not been seen in California for decades.

At the southern end of the Sierra Nevada - with the highest mountain peaks - more than double the normal amount of snow has piled up.

The deluge follows five years of drought, including two of the driest in the state's recorded history.

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In April 2015, Governor Jerry Brown attended the monthly snowpack survey near Lake Tahoe, standing in a field that was barren of any measureable snow.

Brown later ordered residents to use less water at home - a first for California. In the state that leads the nation in producing fruits, vegetables and nuts, some farmers drew down wells to grow their crops; others left fields unplanted.

The bleak scenario began to ease last year. In recent weeks, heavy storms flooded some areas of California. For a time, officials feared Oroville Dam, the nation's tallest, could burst. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated.

Flood damage statewide reached an estimated $1billion, officials said.

The snow, however, has been good news for skiers.

2017: A snow-covered Elk Mountain Road in the Mendocino National Forest above Upper Lake, greets a driver during a low-elevation snowfall

2017: A snow-covered Elk Mountain Road in the Mendocino National Forest above Upper Lake, greets a driver during a low-elevation snowfall

Snow is cleared off the Sierra Nevada on the Mt Rose highway in neighboring county Nevada after the mountains were battered with up to three feet

Snow is cleared off the Sierra Nevada on the Mt Rose highway in neighboring county Nevada after the mountains were battered with up to three feet

At Mammoth Mountain, a popular destination in Southern California, more than 43ft of snow has fallen. Resort spokesman Lauren Burke said the venue plans to stay open through Independence Day.

Farther north, Lake Tahoe is at its highest level in more than a decade and ski resorts are extending the season to the end of April.

'We've had days when we had to take a little extra time to dig out we've had so much snow,' said Marcie Bradley, a spokeswoman for Northstar California. 'It's been an incredible snow year.'

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Elvis Presley\'s Legendary Drummer DJ Fontana, 87, Dies Peacefully In His Sleep Following A Glittering Career Alongside \'The King\'

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Elvis Presley\'s Legendary Drummer DJ Fontana, 87, Dies Peacefully In His Sleep Following A Glittering Career Alongside \'The King\'

Elvis Presley\'s Legendary Drummer DJ Fontana, 87, Dies Peacefully In His Sleep Following A Glittering Career Alongside \'The King\'

Source:Daily Mail

Elvis Presley\'s Legendary Drummer DJ Fontana, 87, Dies Peacefully In His Sleep Following A Glittering Career Alongside \'The King\'