One unfortunate side effect of lots of snow followed by really low temperatures is the "ice dam", or as we like to call it, "damn ice!" When the roof is covered with snow, the heat of the house causes the snow to begin to melt on the edges which then freezes when the temps plummet creating a block of ice that maliciously lifts the shingles. Then the heat of the house causes the ice to melt and the water runs inside the walls until it finds an easy exit. Typically the top of a window frame or in an even worse scenario, the canned lighting in the kitchen. The most effective way to prevent this is to remove the snow off the bottom 3' of the roof. So far this winter we've had 72" of snow (not counting the 8" today!) making Keith's least favorite winter chore raking the roof.
Crazy cold and countless shovels of snow aside, it is BEAUTIFUL here.