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January 9th, 2011 at 10:43 am

Atlanta Snow Storm | Snow on a Roof

ATLANTA — A major weather system heading toward north Georgia is forecast to bring several inches of snow and ice to metro Atlanta.
A winter storm watch was issued for metro Atlanta and north Georgia by the National Weather Service for accumulating snow, sleet and rain. The watch begins Sunday evening and continues through Monday evening.
“This storm system will bring us a significant amount of snow and ice”. Across metro Atlanta, 2 to 3 inches of snow and sleet are expected to accumulate. The northern suburbs could see 4 to 5 inches of accumulation and the north Georgia mountains could see 6 inches or more. Read the full article => http://www.wsbtv.com/weather/26398414/detail.html

Snow on a Roof

Snow/ice on a roof can present major problems, because snow/ice is basically frozen water. So it is basically equivalent to having water ponding on your roof, which you are aware can cause structural damage.

Interesting fact: Water weighs 62.4 pounds per square feet.

If enough snow/ice is on your roof, the weight alone could cause damage. This is called snow loading. Snow loading is the downward force exerted on structures by the weight of accumulated snow.

Here is an article on commercial roof grease cleaning in Atlanta that shares some information on the effects of grease on a roof.

Here is an interesting article: Ice and Snow Accumulations on Roofs  The article comes from the University of Arkansas division of Agriculture.

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