As the sun returned to expose bright white mountaintops around Trinity County, the talk of the town has been whether Trinity Lake could refill in 2023. Officials say it’s not likely, even though the recent rainstorms raised the lake significantly.

On Dec. 25, 2022, the lake was at its lowest for the year, at 2,188 feet elevation. Rain and snowfall have caused it to rise steeply, reaching 2,224 feet by Jan. 23, a difference of 36 feet. However, the difference between this year’s elevation and last year’s is less than a foot, and the lack of rainfall this week has caused the steep climb to taper off. It should also be noted that the elevation on Jan. 23 in 2021 was 56 feet higher than it is today.

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