Relatives aren’t the only visitors returning to North Carolina in time for Thanksgiving. According to the National Weather Service, snow has begun falling on the Tar Heel State just days before the one of the biggest holidays in the country. NewsObserver.com reports:
It’s snowing in western North Carolina.
The National Weather Service reported snow falling in Asheville, Boone, Franklin and Jefferson early Wednesday morning.
The weather service said heavy snow was possible in parts of the mountains.
A winter storm warning was in effect in Avery, Graham, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell, Swain and Yancey counties until midnight Wednesday. Up to 6 inches of snow could fall in the mountains along the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.
A winter weather advisory was in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday in other parts of the North Carolina mountains. Up to 2 inches of snow is possible in parts of Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, McDowell and Transylvania counties.
Before the full onset of winter, homeowners should make sure that their roofs are ready for the cold months. Roofs with missing shingles are more prone to water intrusion especially as the snow begins to melt; the uninvited moisture can also cause ceilings to warp, wooden structures to rot, and can encourage the growth of hazardous molds. Furthermore, the weight of accumulated snow may cause weakened or older roofs to collapse. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, just two feet of fresh snow combined with two feet of old snow can cause most roofs to cave in.
Of course, major headaches like these can be prevented with regular inspections. Charlotte, NC roofing contractors like CMS Roofing recommend a professional inspection at least once every three years to verify the structural integrity of roofs; doing so allows you to address small problems like broken shingles or cracks on the roof, and prevent major repairs or replacement down the line. If your house is on the market, buyers will also feel more assured if your roof is inspected and certified.
According to the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association, almost 40% of homeowners’ insurance claims are roof related. Having your roof inspected by roofing contractors in Columbia, SC or Charlotte, NC will reduce the chances of you joining that statistic.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Snow falling in western North Carolina, NewsObserver.com, November 27 2013)