How to properly measure snow

(WHSV) – We are now in the depths of winter, as a third snowstorm will hit our region in just two weeks. The National Weather Service and WHSV First Alert Storm Team always appreciate your snow measurements, just make sure they are done correctly.

In order to find the best place to measure snow, be sure to avoid areas that typically 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, like a picnic table or patio, can be a good place to measure. It is important to measure snow in the same location throughout the storm.

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

If you were to measure snow from the ground, a snowboard should be used. A snowboard is a 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 also good practice.

If you measure snow, let us know through social media, email or our weather line. Our weather phone line is (540) 433-9191 ext. 106. You can also send a report to the National Weather Service. You can email your reports to [email protected] which is the Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service

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