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8 Icy Photos and Videos of Record-Breaking California Snowfall

Written by Rosalie TapavaluPublished Mar. 01, 2023 • 6:15pm
Sean de Guzman, manager of the California Department of Water Resources Snow Surveys and Water Supply Forecasting Unit, measures snow depth in El Dorado County, California, on Feb. 1, 2023. | Kenneth James/California Department of Water Resources via AP

Historic rainfall and frigid temperatures created a monster this winter: California’s unprecedented storm, which dumped a record amount of snowfall from the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California all the way to the San Bernardino Mountains outside of Los Angeles.

The Sierra is now at 205% of its average snowfall to date, with over 40 feet of snow having fallen since October, according to the University of California Berkeley Central Sierra Snow Laboratory.

Here are eight photos and videos of one of the snowiest winters California has seen since 1970.

Kenny Rybak shovels snow around his car in Running Springs, California, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2023. | Jae C. Hong via AP
Snow blocks the entire entrance to the marketing office at Sugar Bowl Resorts in Placer County, California, on March 1, 2023. | Courtesy Sugar Bowl Resorts
Blizzard conditions impact roads and highways in Mammoth Lakes, California, on Feb. 3, 2023. | Mitchell Quiring/Mammoth Lakes Tourism via AP
Snow covers a garden statue in Grass Valley, California, on Feb. 26, 2023. | Courtesy Natalie Adona
Heavy snowfall and wind hits Arnold, California, on Feb. 27, 2023. | Courtesy video
University of California Berkeley's Sagehen Creek Field Station is covered in a thick layer of snow in Sagehen Creek, California, on Feb. 24, 2023. | Courtesy UC Berkeley
Drivers install tire chains and shovel snow along Interstate 80 on Feb. 28, 2023. | Courtesy KXTV via AP

Mike Kuba contributed additional reporting for this story.

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