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Climatologists Offer Hope that Drought in California is Officially Over Thanks to Sierra Nevada Snow Storm

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The Sierra Nevada snow storm is finally beginning to ease, however, a large portion of Interstate 80 remains closed in the aftermath of a massive blizzard.

The silver lining of the disruptions is that the blockbuster storm officially erased the drought across the state of California. Here is the latest on this situation.

Latest on California Snow Storm

Local authorities closed 100 miles of Interstate 80 on Friday when the biggest storm system of the winter season dumped heavy amounts of snow on the region.

This stretch of highway was still closed to motorists on Monday morning as crews work to clear the busy roadway, including the heavily traveled Donner Pass. There were dozens of reports of collisions and stranded motorists in the hours leading up to the closure.

There were over 7,000 customers still without power as of Monday morning in California. This number is a sharp decrease from the high of 40,000 over the weekend.

After closing for a part of the weekend, Yosemite National Park was able to partially open to visitors on Sunday. The region's ski resorts are also slowly starting to get back to normal operations after having to close over the weekend due to the danger of avalanches.


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