I'm sure we've all heard of rain gauges, but a quick search in google found many types of snow gauges, too. Here's one so you get the idea:
Not to be outdone, here is an assortment of "gauges" that I found around the monastery, to give you a more personal feel for 16 inches of snow that comes along with strong winds:
A drift in the inner garden right up to the foyer door.
The library courtyard's drinking fountain.
A railing at the lower level back door.
The back patio gets the best drifts. They actually look like a wall along the house.
My own personal bird feeder gauge.