First, You need to add the 3" inches to the Total Rainfall of VWS. To do this go to .Settings>Calibration> and enter your 3" starting rainfall total in the Offset Input Box.
Second, give VWS about 30 Seconds of "run" time then go to Settings>Rainfall and adjust the Months and Days to the proper amounts for their respective days. While there, you may also have to remove the 3" from today's rainfall total. Because the 3" added in the Calibration will also look like to VWS that it all happened in the last minute on this very day. Also VWS will report your hourly rainfall rate incorrectly for the duration of about an hour until it settles down again. But be patient it will correct itself and drop back to zero.
Ok, makes sense. I'll go and give it a try. I changed it last night in the Calibration section, but then I saw it also changed in the daily rainfall total so I removed it. Like you said though....be patient