Snow is not the only load, there is also wind, which can be a sizable
load. Even without those loads the natural tendency of the un-tied
rafters is to push the walls apart. As I said before, a catastrophic
failure is unlikely - it's not a crucial structure (particularly to
me!) and you could assume the risk since it's your house and your
Your plan of supporting the ridge and tying the rafters together sounds
like a reasonable solution. I'd suggest that tying the plates together
would work just as well as tying the rafter pairs together as long as
you've made adequate rafter/plate connections. That would also enable
you to place the ties exactly where you want them.
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