And I've spent a good chunk of this last day before the Mayan undead come for us all clearing off snow. A Bobcat was deployed at one point. As such, it hasn't left much time to write, so today we'll make it short.
It didn't actually used to be this way. Before the advent of cars, snow was actually something of a good thing to have on the roads, at least within reason. It was easier on the horses. In fact, people went around and put snow on places that had clear roads just so there would be an unbroken path.
Mental Floss' Matt Soniak has more.