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January 29, 2008

Experts' Experts: How does a snow fence work?


Wait a minute, joe — what's a snow fence?

That too was explained in a post in yesterday's USA Today Weather Guys blog.

Here's what Bob Swanson and Doyle Rice (the "Weather Guys") had to say.

    Snow fences reduce drifting, increase visibility for drivers

    Snow fences across the West will be put to the test today, with widespread snowfall and strong winds. Blizzard conditions are expected in parts of southwestern Colorado as well as northwestern Montana. Not only do snow fences improve safety for drivers, they can save money as well. It is estimated that a properly-installed fence costs 100 times less than mechanical snow removal (plowing, sanding and salting).

    Natural snow fences, such as trees, shrubs and even corn stalks, can also reduce drifting across roadways.

January 29, 2008 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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I lived in Pittsburgh and Scranton and saw snow fences in PA. They are nothing like Montana's. Drove through Montana with daughter last January and their fences are 20 to 25 feet high. They were so big I had no idea what they were.

Posted by: Mike R | Jan 31, 2008 6:22:21 PM

This is very interesting, enit, victor?
digg it up: http://digg.com/environment/No_More_Snow_Days_Kids


Posted by: David Cummings | Jan 29, 2008 8:49:22 PM

Growing up in Southwestern PA we would take many rides in the country. Snow-fences were abundant, as a matter of fact I thought they were a part of a farm. Owning a CJ-5 Jeep I drove anyplace and anywhere. It always seemed there was either snow on the road or it was pushing a snow-fence and leaving a tad on the road.
I guess with the proliferation of snow removing equipment the snow-fence went the way of the carrier pigeon in my neck of the woods.
Snow-fences seemed to flow as poetry thru the hillsides, blending in with the seasons of change. Now they are as rare as a truthful politician. This article makes me pine for the humble (but so effective) snow-fence!


Posted by: Joe Peach | Jan 29, 2008 7:18:48 PM

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