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Large icicles hang from the gutters above southern-facing windows at the front and back of this property on Southeast Ann Street in Willmar. February is a prime month for ice dams, a problem caused by the sun thawing roof snow during the day. Nighttime temperatures then refreeze the melt water and create dams on the edges of roofs and icicles. Tribune photo by Dan Burdett

A banner season for icicles, and the trouble they reveal

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If you think you've never seen so many icicles sparkling in the sun as you have lately, you're probably right. This is the time of year when conditions are best for icicle formation and the problem they often reveal: Ice dams.

Unfortunately, this has been a banner winter for both, according to Richard Stone, an educator with University of Minnesota Extension. We've got lots of snow on our roofs, and frigid, night-time temperatures.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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