Mother Nature heaped more than 50 centimetres of snow on Ottawa on Tuesday, leaving many people in the lurch as they tried to get home.
A storm can easily bring out the worst in us, as we just want to collapse and make snow angels.
It can also bring out the best in us, as we lend a helping hand to those in need of an extra shovel or push.
Cue Hero by Enrique Iglesias, but the snow version.
Snowplow operators came to the rescue.
Neighbours cleared several driveways (and more).
@CBCOttawa our neighbour blew out our 3-car driveway! Best birthday present ever. I baked him cookies as a thank you. Because, holy snow.— @leslielscott
@CBCOttawa my neighbour let my dog out and plowed my driveway while I was stuck downtown. Also the stranger who drove me home when no bus— @daisygrrl228
@CBCOttawa my 3 neighbours on Highridge Ave who helped my husband get unstuck 15m from our house & who loaned us a snowblower.— @prairiegirlfire
Doorbell rang early morning. It was our 85 year old neighbour, w/ snowblower roaring. "You go to work ya? Here you go." @OttawaMorning— @GraySmithYOW
@CBCOttawa My neighbour who drove me part way, and my patients who are patiently waiting for me to arrive very late! (Sorry!)— @lariviere_k
Taxi drivers went the extra mile.
Spouses, relatives went several extra miles.
Strangers, colleagues and superintendents lent a helping hand.
This stranger filmed himself clearing off people's vehicles in downtown Ottawa.
@CBCOttawa Max the super at 134 York, shovelled all day yesterday. Thanks Max!— @Titochuk
My work colleague who helped clean off the car!!!! https://t.co/TZngDcqgEd— @cynth1234
@CBCOttawa my office building manager, ladies at the women's shelter & the folks at The Silver Rose for keeping the sidewalks safe & clear— @mcmenebek
OC Transpo, Para Transpo drove so residents wouldn't have to
@CBCOttawa My para driver shoveled another passengers walk and ramp and pushed his chair so he could get in the house from dialysis!!!!!— @k915k