Upcoming Snow Shower Adds To Worries Of Roofs Collapsing

Another 1 to 3 inches of snow is expected in this area Monday night into Tuesday morning, adding to the concerns about roof collapses and falling ice.

Several schools were closed Monday morning because of concerns about the weight of the snow on rooftops.

In all, more than 100 roofs across the state gave out in the last week, mainly on commercial buildings.

The next round of falling flakes comes after a wetter storm last weekend dampened the existing snow pack. The rain soaked into the snow piled high on roofs and weighed them down.

State officials say at least 10 roofs collapsed Sunday, mostly smaller utility buildings and garages. A few larger commercial buildings, including an apartment complex, a gas station and a skating rink, were evacuated as a precaution.

The good news is that the warmer weather over the weekend melted some of that snow, relieving some of the weight. But officials caution the danger is not over.

This program aired on February 7, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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Curt Nickisch Business & Technology Reporter
Curt Nickisch was formerly WBUR's business and technology reporter.



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