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## How much water is 12 inches of snow?

Commonly, the percentage of water to snow is called the “snow ratio”. An old rule of thumb was that for every 10 inches of snow, there would be 1 inch of water (10:1). However, this is far from the norm, and recent studies indicate that a **12:1 ratio** might be more representative (on average) for the Upper Midwest.

## How much water is in a foot of snow?

More average snow may weigh 15 pounds per cubic foot and drifted compacted snow may weigh 20 pounds or more…” Let’s figure this out… There are **7.48 gallons per cubic foot of water** – that’s about 62.4 pounds.

## How do you measure water content in snow?

This measurement is made by melting the snow that has fallen **in the precipitation gauge** and measuring the liquid as is done for rainfall. Water content also can be measured by taking a core sample of the snowfall from the SMB or other measurement surface.

## How much snow is 4 inches of rain equal to?

So, at 3 °F, 4 inches of rain is equivalent to **160 inches** of snow.

## How much water is in 8 in of snow?

More densely packed and wet snow is in the ratio of **8 inches of snow to 1 inch of equivalent rainfall**, and more powdery snow is about 14 to 1 ratio. Obviously this is an approximation but a good one.

## How much moisture is 5 inches of snow?

A typical storm during the winter may have a snow-to-water ratio close to 10 to 1. In this case, 10 inches of snow melted down would contain about 1 inch of water, 5 inches of snow would yield **0.50 of an inch of water**, 2 inches of snow would produce 0.20 of an inch of water and so on.

## What counts as measurable snow?

Snowfall is **measured to the nearest tenth of an inch**. Measure the greatest amount of snowfall that has accumulated on your snowboard since the last observation. You can measure on a wooden deck or ground if a snowboard is not available. Snowfall should not be measured more than 4 times in 24 hours.