The second (and larger) wave of Snowmageddon 2011 turned out to be somewhat less devastating than early projections suggested. Certainly this was one of the more impressive winter storms in Northwest Ohio the past few years, but it might not even be the biggest storm of the decade.
We benefited from a sudden northward surge in the sleet/freezing rain line, as the early snowfall was interrupted with a few hours of dense sleet. This was kind of a pain in the arse to clear - even with a new snowblower - yet I did manage to clear four driveways and a significant section of the street in 2-1/2 hours.
Not bad for a forty-something with a wicked upper respiratory infection.
Today's workout was more of the backbreaking labor effort. The 8-10" heavy snow was a struggle for the machine to move, and many times I had to really lunge into the work. My neighbor's driveway, for example, received an unkind gift from both an east-west and north-south plow (he lives on a corner) and I spent a good half-hour destroying a two-foot mountain of snow at the base of his driveway.
Still, this was considerably less strenuous than the days of a shovel.