The easiest way to measure snow is with something called a snowboard, but not the one you’re probably thinking of. You will need a light colored wooden board. Color is important because a darker board will absorb too much heat from the sun. Basically, a piece of plywood about 4 square feet will do.
You’ll also need a measuring device like a tape measure or ruler, and an open space away from any shelters or trees that might affect the buildups.
After placing the board in an open area, wait for the snow to fall. When it stops, go measure the depth of the snow and record it to the nearest tenth of an inch. You can now clear the array and start over.
It’s a bit more difficult without the board, as you need to find a raised surface away from the structure. A picnic table can work for this. If you must use the ground, find a grassy area where it is as short or oppressed as possible.
It is important to remember to keep track of all measurements if you are taking more than one, to avoid measuring in drifts and to limit measurements throughout the day to limit the risk of error.
We will also see potential for ice accumulation with this storm; you can measure that too!
To get started, you will only need two things; a measuring device like a ruler and a list for your records.
First, find an object covered in ice far from any shelter. A good example here would be a small twig or broken branch in your garden away from any trees.
Look at it carefully and measure the distance between the object itself and the edge of the ice. Do this for the thickest and thinnest parts of the ice cream. Add the two measurements together and divide by two to get your official measurement.
Of course, you can share all this data, photos and videos here.