COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - Branch County is feeling the big thaw today with a 45 to 50 degree temperature swing. It means Thursday’s low temperature of 16 below zero in Coldwater and the hard pack snow is set for a slushy meltdown with rain on the way and readings in the upper 30’s to around 40.
Even though up to three quarters of an inch of rain is a possibility through tomorrow, the experts say don’t worry that all that extra weight on your house is going to cave in your roof. Michigan building codes require that roofs are designed to handle the weight, especially when it’s equally distributed. The bigger concern may be Ice dams in older homes that may not have well insulated or ventilated attics. State Farm Insurance Spokesperson Missy Dundov says it can literally create a pool of water that can back into your home under the shingles. She says scraping off the snow can help with one of those snow rakes.
The bigger concern with the rain may be on roadways with storm drains plugged by snow, it could pool up and then freeze.