18 inches of snow and I never lost service

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Had a huge snowstorm over the weekend here in the mountains of NC. Incredibly, I never lost my Viasat connection even with the dish covered in snow. In previous storms I usually had to wipe the snow off the dish a few times in order to regain connection. This time, not even once. Impressive.
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Glad you are doing okay!

I have found the type of snow to impact service. Wet, heavy stuff really can cause problems. But based on your location and the time of year, wouldn't that be what you got?
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That's what was unusual. It was a heavy wet snow. My Dish service went out a couple of times, but Viasat never did. I usually have way less issues with the dry powdery stuff that falls during really cold temps.
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Nice.  Like VetSat, I have issues with the wet, sloppy, heavy stuff, but with fluffy snow I can have a three or four inch buildup on the dish and still have access.  Same with my DirecTV.  
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Normal snow pattern here (SW Montana) is from the south west...right into the face of the dish. DirecTV shuts down first. ViaSat and Hughes (I am on ViaSat, my Lady on Hughes) go down about the same time. Three inches of dry snow is no problem but one-half inch of wet snow will shut me down. Pole mounts on both I'net systems are within 50 feet of house. StarBand was about the same many many years ago. (Still on Anik F2 ...me and three other guys, I think)
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Ice is the worst! On an old DirecPC system in the 90's I remember heating the dish with a blow torch to melt the ice!
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Glad it worked for you during all that. Hopefully a little warmer now. One of my friends in NC posted this

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I bet it is absolutely beautiful there, as long as I didnt have to go anywhere!
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I pretty much just stayed home on Sunday and a good bit of Monday. It took me over an hour to get my truck out of my driveway because the snow was so deep.

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I know you can ski the Parkway when it's closed to traffic. Not sure about snowmobiles.
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How much snow did Grandfather Mountain report? It gets nasty on a good day in the summer!
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I believe Grandfather Mountain got 23 inches. Mount Mitchell, a little further south, got 34.
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There use to be a caretaker that lived on Mount Mitchell back maybe 20 years or so ago. I think he retired.

Neat place. On a clear day I believe you can see 70 to 100 miles.
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Yep. From the top of Grandfather you can see the skyscrapers of downtown Charlotte on a clear day. About 100 miles.