Weather Tidbits: The Weight of Snow
This Weather Tidbits explores the weight of snow. The amount of weight of snow is determined by the water content which is associated with the temperature. Fluffy or dry snow will weigh the least; due to less water content available from the lower temperatures. This will lead to a higher ratio of snow such as 15 inches of snow to 1 inch of rain. Normal snow will weigh a bit more, as temperatures are in the 20s, thus leading to a lower ratio of 10:1. Wet snow is the heaviest type, where temperatures are around or slightly above freezing, where water content is heavily available and the ratio can be as low as 5:1. Heavier snowfall will lead to a quicker buildup; which can lead to problems if not quickly cleared up such as a roof.