This is what I keep thinking about with the folks in Cordova and Valdez? Especially if you have a one-story house? And what about if you're heating with wood? Of course, the insulation from the snow probably makes fires pretty much a moot point. But where do you stack the snow if you're shoveling? Of course, you also don't have to worry about falling off the roof. Unless the snow is so soft that you just sink into it rather than fall on it. If your house is taller than the snow. And what if you're snowed in--literally? As in, "I can't open my doors." And your roof starts to make creaky-moany noises? These are the things I think about when I think about the good people on the coast. I am officially off whining about my winter weather. Briefly, at least. I heard that it rained for awhile, too. Which should do interesting things to the pounds-per-square-foot numbers. And they have more snow coming. Trust me on this one, Alaskans hardly ever shut down their schools for weather. Kids go out to recess at -20 to -40, depending upon the community. They're expected to bundle up, keep moving, and have fun. But this snow has shut down schools because they are afraid the roof might collapse. Okay, so I guess you can cut the kids a break on that one. But make sure they spend the day shoveling, so we don't make sissies out of them.