By: Molly Townsend

A series of wintry storms, arriving in late November and carrying through Wednesday, have put a big dent into California’s three-year drought.

The state Department of Water Resources on Wednesday put the Sierra snowpack at 197 percent of average for this time of year in terms of water content.

The accumulation is already approaching 60 percent of the average total for the entire season, which runs from Nov. 1 through April 1, said Frank Gehrke, chief of the California Cooperative Snow Surveys Program.

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