Science Fun in the Snow!

Water in the Snow

Have you ever wondered how much water snow contains? During the winter, before a storm, it is not unusual for a radio or television announcer to mention the number of centimetres of snow expected in a region. But suppose it’s not that cold, and the precipitation comes as rain rather than snow. In that case, how much rain would fall?


  • snow (or crushed ice)
  • paper and pencil
  • measuring cup
  • patience!

Let’s get to work!

  1. Collect some snow in your measuring cup
  2. Record the amount of snow that you capture.
  3. Wait for the snow to melt. Once the snow has turned to liquid, measure the quantity of water in the measuring cup. That’s it!

Did you know?

About 7% of the Earth’s surface is covered with ice, most of which is contained in polar ice caps.

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