Global warming has brought a bit more snow this year than we had last year at this time, although not an unusual amount of snow, historically. Thankfully, I have a snowblower. Before i bought the snowblower, we had hired someone to shovel. It turns out he came here from North Carolina or somewhere, and doesn't know the first thing about shoveling. He didn't shovel the driveway nearly wide enough to turn a car around, and he let too much snow accumulate on the ground. Since we have had a few partial thaws and even a rain since then, followed by freezes, the built-up snow includes layers of hard ice that a snowblower can't break through, so I have had to pick away at it little by little, using a shovel and an actual pick. Once I break the ice up a bit, the snowblower can take care of it. Those of you who live, or have lived, in snow country will understand that, but for the benefit of those who have not... He also piled up snow next to the house, to the right of the back door, I suppose because it was easiest for him, and because that's where the stuff that comes off the roof falls, but a pile that large this early in the season is not good, because I can't throw a shovel full of snow over it and the snowblower can't blow it over a pile that large. Actually, it was much larger, but I have been picking away at that too, I am hoping that I won't have trouble with the back part of my roof. That portion of the house isn't heated so there shouldn't be an ice damming problem, and it's fairly narrow so I'm thinking the weight stress won't be so bad. A few years ago, I could get up there and shovel it off. Last year, when I tried that I was very much afraid that I was going to be the one coming off. It too, has ice layers, so the roof rake is useless on it.