Drifting snow has been a significant problem this year in eastern Iowa.  Cold temperatures and high winds have made some days out doors unbearable.  When you add in drifting snow, the situation becomes even more serious.  Not a lot can be done to stop snow from drifting.  The location of your property, the set up of your property and the openness of your property all help contribute to drifting snow.  There are several things that you can do to minimize snow drift on your property.

If your property is wide open, consider planting a row of wind break trees or shrubs on the west side of your property.  Most wind comes from the west, so this will reduce its impact on your property.  If you do not want to plant a wind break, consider installing a temporary wind fence.  Wind fences will help reduce the wind flow and help stop some of the snow from blowing on to your property.  Make sure that you use the right type of fencing for this application.  You will need to install a fence that allows some wind to flow through it.  Plastic fences that are orange in color are the most commonly used type of snow fences.  These fences have round holds about an inch in diameter that are placed every so often.  The holes allow the wind to flow through, but reduces its strength.  If the holes were not there, the wind would just topple over the fence.

Drifting Snow

Drifting snow can cause significant snow piles.

Drifting can create massive snow piles where you least expect them.  Depending on the wind direction, you may end up with a snow pile where you have never had one before.  Drifting can cover up furnace and dryer vents, so it is important to check the perimeter of your property after a significant bout with wind.

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