The Kansas City forecast is for more snow. During this break, take action to protect your shrubs and trees.
Your lilacs may be flattened, your pines look like poles and your oak branches touching the ground. Bundle up, get a long handled broom or better yet, a tree trimmer and knock the snow off the trees, shrubs and bushes.
Be careful! Do not work on any trees around power lines. Do not stand directly under the branches. You will want to stand to the side to avoid the falling snow, but breaking branches are more of a concern. If you hear a crack, move out of the way and work somewhere else.
Start as high as you can reach in the trees. Hook a branch and rock it gently up and down until the snow stops falling. Shake the bushes and shrubs by hand. Brush boughs of evergreens with a broom.
You will see the branches rise up. A two-foot tall lilac bush can suddenly be back in 8-foot tall shape. Cedar boughs will come off the ground.
Not only are you potentially saving broken branches now, the second wave of snow (if it arrives) will not be doubling the weight and will have less surface area to pile on.
If you dress appropriately and worked vigorously, you are probably warm, if not hot. Scoop up some fresh snow and check my next article on how to make snow ice cream.