(04-30) 17:58 PDT ECHO SUMMIT — April’s battery of storms pushed snow levels well above normal but not enough to definitively end California’s three-year drought.

The amount of water locked in the Sierra snowpack, California’s largest source of water, is 143 percent of normal and double last year’s levels for the same period, according to the state’s final snow survey of the season conducted Friday near Lake Tahoe.

“All around, the figures look really, really good,” said Don Strickland, spokesman for the state Department of Water Resources, which conducted Friday’s snow measurements near Echo Summit. “Most of our major reservoirs are doing very well.”

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