How to properly measure snow

Measuring 2 inches of snow from January 6th's snowstorm.
Measuring 2 inches of snow from January 6th's snowstorm.(WHSV)
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 8:46 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2023 at 6:25 PM EST
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(WHSV) - Measuring snow is more than just putting a ruler to the ground!

Measuring snow needs to be doner properly to ensure an accurate measurement. One of the biggest mistakes is measuring on grass. You should NOT put a ruler right to the grass. You want to measure on a flat surface.

In order to find the best location to measure snow, make sure to avoid any areas that commonly have snow drifts, and away from any shelter. You also want to make sure you have a flat surface to measure on. Ideally, something at eye level such as a picnic table or deck can be good places to measure. It’s important to measure snow in the same place throughout the storm.


Guestimates do not work and you don’t want to measure on asphalt or your car. You want to make sure you’re not measuring too close to the house or a tree.

There are some things you shouldn't do measuring snow
There are some things you shouldn't do measuring snow(WHSV)


If you were to measure snow from the ground, a snow board should be used. A snow board is any board that is flat and can be placed on the ground. Make sure the board is set up before the snow starts. Measuring snow every 6 hours is best. If you don’t have a snow board


If there’s high wind and drifting you can measure in a few spots and take an average. Try to avoid areas with drifts and it’s still important not to measure in the grass. Drifting can make measurements difficult but you do your best.



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