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As we move into the first week of March, several parts of the country are facing snow and ice storms on top of large snow totals, making snow removal from roofs an ongoing concern.

Removing snow completely from a roof surface can result in serious damage to the roof covering and possibly lead to leaks and additional damage, according to the Snow Load Safety Guide, published as part of the Risk Management Series by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA says that at least two inches of snow should be left on the roof.

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