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By Marc Lutz 

Warmer, wetter weather creates its own set of problems


January 13, 2022

Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

A car parked at Heritage Harbor is buried under several inches of snow on Monday. With the warmer weather, existing layers of snow can act as a sponge for rain and snowfall, adding weight to vehicles and rooftops.

With this week's warmer weather, the snow shovels may get set aside but the higher temperatures and rain can create their own set of winter problems.

Last week's single-digit temperatures gave way to 30-plus degrees by Sunday and 44 by Monday afternoon. Heavy snow on Saturday totaled nine inches before transitioning into rain on Sunday. Such rapid changes in weather can be detrimental to anything carrying the weight of wet snow and efforts to drain off the mess.

"The impacts of what could happen - because it's going to keep raining - some of the concern is rain adding to snow loads on house...

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