Measuring snow can be difficult to do, especially if it's windy outside.
First, you NEVER want to measure directly on the grass, or bare ground. That can give you an inaccurate, and higher reading.
The correct way is to have a board, or large scrap flat piece of wood, and placed on the ground away from your house or trees.
This is a picture of the NWS recommended snow board. There are stakes in the ground so you can find it easily.
Not many people have a "snow board" snow the next best way is to measure on a flat surface, about 20-30 feet away from your house.
Find an open spot away from trees, or a fence where drifting could occur.
Measuring on your deck would work if it's away from the house, or somewhere that is flat.
It's best to measure three areas and average them together.
You can measure every hour if you want, but don't clear off the spot where you measured.
We're looking forward to hearing and reporting your snow totals!