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VIDEO: An in-depth look into California's historic drought, and how it will take more than just a strong El Niño to help bring the state back to average water levels.

Will El Niño be drought-stricken California’s saving grace?

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    Dalia Ibrahim
    Digital Reporter

    Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 7:08 AM - Fall storms that brought rain and snow to parts of California have made a small but measurable dent in the state's four-year drought, experts said.

    The storms dumped up to 3.5 inches of snow on the parched Sierra Nevada last month and led the Mammoth Mountain ski resort to open two lifts at a time when most other ski areas are closed.

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    The precipitation also put the state ahead of the normal rainfall for the season and nudged a few areas out of the worst drought designation, scientists at the U.S. Drought Monitor said. 

    But, experts caution that the drought is far from over, even though the Pacific Ocean warming phenomenon El Nino is expected to bring rain to parts of the state this winter. 

    In the video featured above, Weather Network meteorologist Mario Picazo explains why California may be measuring less water in the future, despite heavy rainfall/snowfall forecast this winter.

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    With files from Reuters

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