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Watch farm buildings for excessive snow loads

January 8, 2010
From Wayne Schoper, Nicollet County Extension Educator

We had a lot of snow during the last 10 days of December. Much of this snow carried a lot of moisture and thus a lot of weight when it accumulates over the course of the winter months. There have been a couple of reports of farm building roof collapses that have been reported in the news lately. As the winter goes on, we can expect more snow and as it melts and refreezes into ice, we can expect more stories of roof problems and damage. With little warming expected during the next few weeks we need to monitor the snow load situation on all of our farm buildings. Some will slide off once we get a few days with melting temperature. But if the melting snow refreezes before it can run off the roof we can end up with a bigger problem in the form of ice dams and water damage.



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