Heavy snow that piled up on a roof in Edmonton proved to be too much pressure. The dead weight lead to a collapse on Tuesday.
A group of amateur musicians were rehearsing at the Northgate Lions Seniors Recreation Centre Tuesday morning and managed to escape the hall before the collapse in the early afternoon hours.
Fire crews say the musicians heard creaking from the roof above and fled the building when debris started to fall. There have been no reports of injuries and several checks were conducted to ensure that no one was left inside.
Officials recommend safely removing heavy snow from rooftops when it first begins to pile up because as more snow falls throughout the winter months, the pressure increases on the building.
Rising temperatures can begin to pose their own risks as well. The city of Edmonton saw a daytime high of 6°C on Tuesday, the warmest it's been for several weeks. “And when temperatures are warmer, the snow density increases,” says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
“There's water in the snow melt, which actually makes the large piles of snow heavier,” says Vettese.
To find out what the rest of the winter season will bring your way, check out the mid-winter update. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV as the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.