Snow = water
An inch of snow is followed by a 5-7 inch snowstorm, which is followed by 4 hours of freezing drizzle. Patterns like this go on and on through winter. What are we talking about for total inches of water as the spring thaw begins (and stops and begins again) this year?
At that time we found that there was about 4 to 4.5 inches of water in the snow pack. That is like getting a 4-4.5 inch rain storm. But thankfully the melt (usually) happens slower than a large rain storm because with warm days but below freezing nights, the process slows.
1. Get two 5 gallon buckets with straight sides
2. Cut out the bottom of one of them
3. Find snow that hasn’t been disturbed
4. Place the bucket with the hole in it, into the snow all the way to the ground
5. Shovel the snow out of there, into the other bucket
6. Let the snow melt and then measure how deep the water is.