Good Question – Snowfall Totals

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

One viewer wants to know, “An inch of rain is equal to how many inches of snow?” Good question.

In the weather world, snowfall is like a 2-year-old child: hard to predict.

If a meteorologist misses a rainfall total by ¼ inch, most people wouldn’t notice. Predicting snowfall amounts isn’t that easy. One-quarter inch of rain can equal several inches of snow.

“Generally speaking, when we talk about the ratio of snow to rain, one inch of rain equals 10 inches of snow. If it’s colder, the ratio goes up, so one inch of rain might equal 15 inches of snow. The lower the temperature, the dryer the air, the more fluffy the snow is and the more snowfall we get,” said KAKE Meteorologist Blake Smith.

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