On the average, 10 inches of snow adds 5.2 pounds to each square foot of roof.
Question A: When 10 inches of snow falls, what is the weight added to your home's roof?
Question B: When 10 inches of snow falls uniformly over a large area, what is the weight added to the city of Seattle? The State of Washington?
Question C: The Mt. Baker Ski Area in Washington State has an average annual snow fall of 647", which is more than any other ski area in North America. With a surface area of about 100 square miles, what is the weight added in a typical year of snow fall?
Source: Adapted from USA Today via Washington Mathematics, December 2006