Heavy snow in Fairbanks could potentially damage roofs engineer says

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) A series of heavy winter storms and deteriorated roads and put some structures at risk for snow damage.

A women is seen shoveling her driveway as heavy snow falls in Fairbanks. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

Alaska State Troopers sent out a text to drivers as snow continues to fall across the Interior of Alaska. Heavy snow, warm temperatures and winds have made driving hazardous.

Another potential problem with the unseasonable snowfall is potential damage to peoples roofs. Tim Henry, owner of Arctic Engineering says that while modern houses built to code should have no problems with the snow load, there are some older houses or houses with homemade trusses that could be at risk.

"You know anybody with maybe a mobile home or a house that maybe was designed for a lesser snow load, it's kind of over due to be shoveling the roof. It would be a good idea if possible to get some of that snow off," Henry said.

Henry said another potential issue is snow sliding off metal roofs that can damage structures below it.

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