"We have a chance of getting out of the drought but we're going to need a lot more water coming out of the sky as both snow and rain for that to happen. Right now, we're a bit optimistic but not so far as we would say that we're going to be out of the drought by the end of this winter season," said Doug Carlson with Department of Water Resources.
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Water experts say California needs to be at 150 percent of normal rainfall to end the drought. Right now, the state is at 113 percent for rainfall and snowpack.
Officials will do another snow survey in early February to see how much progress has been made.
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