According to forecast models, a low-pressure system is expected to form over the Carolinas and sweep up the East Coast sometime before Thanksgiving. In layman’s terms, Baltimore could be in for a snowy Turkey Day. In fact, the European forecasting model is predicting as much as a foot of snow across the mid-Atlantic and New England, but no two forecasts seem to agree.
- WMAR-TV meteorologist Mike Masco doesn’t believe there will be enough cold air to produce a significant amount of snow.
- Forecaster Justin Berk believes the Canadian forecasting model, which is predicting that the snow will stay out to sea, leaving Baltimore untouched.
- The weather service is predicting about a 50 percent chance of a wintry mix Wednesday, turning to snow in the evening.
- Foot’s Forecast is predicting a “nor’easter” storm, which is known for bringing heavy snow.
So, who is right? Only time will tell. But, as they say, it is better to be safe than sorry. Homeowners throughout Maryland should prepare for the worst and hope for the best. This means knowing how to prevent Water Damage in the event of significant snow accumulation.
How to Prevent Water Damage
For homeowners, winter storms and snow mean an increased risk of ice dams.
After a snow storm, the snow on your roof begins to melt and work its way towards your gutters. Sometimes, however, this melted snow will refreeze at the edge of your roof, forming ice dams and preventing water from properly draining. With nowhere else to go, the water will begin to back up under your shingles and into your attic, causing water damage.
Preventing ice dams can be done several ways.
When insulation is not evenly spread throughout your attic it can cause inconsistencies in roof temperature. This is one of the primary causes of ice dams. When the outside surface of your roof is above 32°F, while the lower outside portion is below 32°F, melted snow can refreeze at the roof’s edge, forming ice dams.
Additional ways to prevent inconsistencies in roof temperature include:
- Sealing gaps between the attic and living space. These gaps allow heated air to enter the attic and heat your roof, leading to ice dams.
- Ensure your attic is properly ventilated. Attic ventilation allows your attic to stay at the proper temperature by allowing cold air in and warm air to escape.
If gutters become clogged with twigs and leaves, it can slow the drainage of rainwater from your roof. When conditions are cold enough, this water may freeze in your gutters, forming an ice dam. Click Hereto learn more.
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