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Shifting temperatures, along with recent snowfalls, have created ice dams on many homes and buildings in the Alexandria area, including the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum off 3rd Avenue West. (Photo by Lowell Anderson)

They're baaack!

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The ever-shifting wintry weather is causing a familiar sight in Douglas County: ice dams.

They occur when heat leaks into an attic and melts the underside of snow on the roof.

If weather conditions are right - an abundance of snow combined with big swings in the temperature - ice dams flourish.

Melted snow flows down the roof surface until it reaches a cold spot, like the eaves or soffit. There, it forms a frozen dam while more snowmelt and ice pile up behind it.

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Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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