“But there was snow…” Yes, however, snow accumulates at a far greater rate than rain. On average, 10 in. of fallen snow is equivalent to 1 in. of rain. While there are heavier and lighter “snows,” the melting process, runoff, direct evaporation of snow, and reduced permeability of frozen soil all combine to spread the conversion of snow to water over time, diminish the actual amount of snow available to infiltrate and reduce the actual amount of water that can infiltrate. The issues regarding the behavior of rain all come into play when the melt water eventually enters the soil.