With the help of a large broom I shook the snow gently from the upper branches, getting covered by wet snow in the process. After being released from snow the branches sprung back almost to their original height.
Next to tackle is the old japanese maple in front of the living room window. The ice that now coats the wet snow is creating such pressure on these japanese maples, especially the weeping ones, the weight and the additional pressure on this weeping japanese maple could be enough to break fragile branches and ruin the form.
The yew hedges around the perennial garden have practically disappeared under the snow. They were 5' tall when we planted them four years ago and have grown a few feet since then but are now weighed to the ground. More wet work with a broomstick to knock off all the snow from their branches. Everything is groaning under the weight of the snow.