Alex M suggested we use a leaf blower on the snow - it just wouldn't work on Coastal snow as it is like cement - too much water content. We also sold the leaf blower when we left Alberta. This kind of snow you either shovel out or stay home and don't leave the house. For those neighbors who chose not to shovel on Saturday or Sunday, well, - they are going nowhere fast.
I fully expect to lose power again today, and feel very grateful that the temperature does not get much below zero and that we have a natural gas fireplace for warmth and natural gas BBQ for meals if necessary. Now that Mom lives just down the road she can come to our house in case of a long outage,without even moving her car.
We have tons of old growth extremely tall trees on Vancouver Island that are currently hanging over many power lines - ready to snap. Fortunately, we have no large trees hanging over the house so I am not worried about damage to our property, just some inconvenience.
Hubby had a flight booked out this afternoon to Alberta for our business but due to the storm the incoming plane could not land so his flight was cancelled at the last minute and he will now try again on Thursday.
So, after somehow believing we were going to get off fairly easy this winter after seeing what the rest of North America has suffered, we are now seeing our stretch of winter. They are calling for plus 8 degrees Celcius sunny weather tomorrow - I will believe it when I see it!