2017 could be wettest year ever in Sierra

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Wettest year on record -- that is the uncharted territory we are close to entering in the Northern Sierra. Our extremely wet winter has brought a total of 87.7 inches of precipitation to the Northern Sierra since Oct. 1, 2016. (KGO-TV)

Wettest year on record -- that is the uncharted territory we are close to entering in the Northern Sierra. Our extremely wet winter has brought a total of 88.2 inches of precipitation to the Northern Sierra since Oct. 1, 2016.

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The wettest year on record currently sits with the 1982-1983 season when we saw 88.5". Which means we are less than an inch of precipitation away from tying and even breaking this major record.

This graphic demonstrates snowfall approaching record highs in the Sierra.


Notice -- that's an inch of precipitation, not snow.

Scientists will take a sample of recent snowfall and melt it to figure out how much liquid or precipitation is in it. It's an important stat to know especially when the snow starts to melt this summer.

On average, if you were to melt 10 inches of snow, you would be left with about one inch of liquid.

This graphic demonstrates the impact of melting snow.


Looking at the snowfall forecast for the next seven days, we are likely to see areas receive more than 10 inches of snow. Be sure to download the ABC7 News app and enable push alerts to be the first to know when this major record falls.

This graphic demonstrates snowfall predictions for the next seven days.

Click here to download the ABC7 News App to get your weather forecast on the go. And make sure you enable push alerts for immediate notifications and severe weather alerts.

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