What a difference a year makes. In February 2015, California was in the midst of its fourth consecutive year of drought and most of the Northwest had very little snow. Fast forward to today and you'll see that the snow cover in the west is drastically different.
Here's the national view of the snow depth on February 2, 2016:
California's snowpack in particular is looking much better. Consider that a study published over the summer reported that the state's snowpack had hit a 500-year low. This is what that looked like: