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Record-breaking Sierra snowpack levels at 153 percent of average

PHILLIPS STATION (KRON) -- At the Sierra at Tahoe parking lot, you can see mountains and mountains of snow have piled up, towering over some of the cars.

This after a month full of snow storms, which made for a record smashing snow survey.

"California has had a cold and wet February. In fact, I just found out in talking to some of the staff at Sierra at Tahoe that this February broke all records that they've ever had for the month of February as far as snow fall,” said Chris Orrock, spokesperson with the Department of Water Resources. “In fact they were inches away for the most snowfall in any given month."

Snowflakes flurrying across the sierra at Phillips Station Thursday -- another promising snow survey statewide showing the snowpack at 153 percent of average.

Proof of the powerful snow storms reflected as the Department of Water Resource's 12-foot measuring pole plunged nearly all the way into the ground.

Homes nearby buried in white -- the survey showing a snow depth of 113 inches.

DWR engineers say it’s stormed so much, collecting some of this month's data will take longer than usual. "There's been a lot of storms that have come in” said engineer John King. “So our surveyors haven't had an opportunity to go out yet."

While the state's drought conditions improved significantly this month, the DWR says all this snowpack could pose a potential flooding threat.

"There is the possibility of a faster melt if you see warmer than average conditions. We'll keep track and pay attention to the forecast and work with snow survey team to anticipate how much melt is happening each week,” said Climatologist Mike Anderson.

More snow is on the way this weekend.

The next survey is in the beginning of April.

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