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Should I blow up or deflate inflatables during snow/ice/sleet? Obviously, I wouldn't turn them on in bad weather (wind). What I'm thinking is if they are not blown up with inches of snow or sleet coming down then they could be covered in heavy snow or ice and wouldn't blow up at all at night. I bought a WiOn outdoor Wi-Fi Outlet (2 outlets) to control my airblown inflatables thru the app on my smartphone.
 

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I asked google this question & got this thread at a Christmas forum:
http://www.planetchristmas.com/index.php?/forums/topic/17490-inflatables-in-ice-storms/

Sounds like it depends on the amount of wind, snow & ice you'll be getting, what type of snow, & how often you'll get it along with the number of inflatables you have.

I also found this instruction sheet fthat answers some questions:
FAQ
1. Can I continually run the inflatable?
Yes, you can run the inflatable during the day and at night. It is recommended you turn off the
inflatable when leaving the immediate area and when retiring for the evening. Otherwise, the
inflatable is designed to run continually.

2. Can I leave the inflatable up in extreme weather conditions or freezing temperatures?
It is recommended you take appropriate precautions to protect the unit. The inflatable will
operate at temperatures below freezing, but it is not recommended to operate the inflatable if
temperature drops below 14°F (-10 C˚).

3. What if it is raining or snowing? Will this affect the inflatable?
Operation of the inflatable during light weather conditions such as a gentle rain or snowfall is
intended. However, operation of the inflatable during extreme weather conditions is not
recommended, as your item may become damaged or inundated with moisture. Do not store
the inflatable when it is wet.

4. What if water has soaked my unit while unplugged?
Move the unit to a dry location and plug in the unit. The fan will dry the inflatable.

5. The inflatable has been deflated and it is covered with snow. Can I simply re-inflate it?
If the inflatable is covered in a light dusting of snow, simple re-inflation should not harm the
unit. However, if the deflated unit has been subjected to a large amount of snow and or ice, do
NOT attempt to re-inflate. Rather, carefully remove the item from the extreme condition (i.e.
bring it indoors) and allow the unit to thaw before re-inflating. This helps prevent cracks and or
tears in the material.

6. When I unplug the inflatable, it deflates. Why is this?
The inflatable will not stay inflated unless it is plugged in and the fan is blowing air.

7. How can I clean the inflatable?
Wipes clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry before storing away.

8. What is the best way to store the inflatable?
Store in a bag, box or other storage container and keep in a cool, dry location
 

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Thanks for posting that RCIAG.

OP, Halloween time for me isn't a concern with snow or ice but I know others in different states do encounter it even for Halloween and sure they can tell you what works best for them.

I just bought this 4-foot Hangin' On Reindeer inflatable from HD (hangs from gutter from a back leg while he's "putting up light strands"--very cute). We will get below freezing temps and have gotten frost and some overnight icing but nothing that would affect the inflatable. Biggest issues here are wind and sometimes heavy accompanying rain. One year I thought I had my penguin decoration tied down pretty well but come morning we were scouring the neighborhood for a part of it that got loose and blown away. I'm wondering if I hang the reindeer on the gutter and keep it deflated at night if it will still be okay if the gusts get up there. Don't really want to take it down in bad weather also don't want it acting like a sail and pulling on the gutter while tethered below. Any one with advice on that?
 

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Any inflatables I have are up just in rainy weather at Halloween & since I don't have any for Christmas (though I'm looking at a couple small ones this year) I never really had to think about snow & ice on them. We generally don't get much of either in December any more but they're now saying we're getting cold next week & may be getting some kind of precip.

From that forum link it sounds like there's a lot of variables to take into consideration.
 
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