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How much does a cubic foot of snow weigh?


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Answered 2017-02-18 08:01:12

Ken Hellevang, from the University of North Dakota says:

"The weight of snow varies greatly. Light fluffy snow may only weigh about seven pounds per cubic foot. More average snow may weigh 15 pounds per cubic foot and drifted compacted snow may weigh 20 pounds or more..."

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There are 7.48 gallons per cubic foot of water - that's about 62.4 pounds.

For Wet Snow

Let's say wet snow would be equivalent to 1" of rain or 5" of snow, you would get a resulting 62.4/5 = 12.5 pounds.

For Light, Fluffy Snow

Let's say fluffy snow would be equivalent to 2.5" of water and 12" snow, you would get 62.4/12 = 5.2 pounds.

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