Now the worst excesses of snowstorm Nemo have descended, the fun can begin.
The blizzard caused havoc by dropping up to three feet of snow on the north-eastern U.S. But the recovery has now started in earnest.
Many residents are releasing their tension through snowball fights and playing in the powder. Across the region, families and friends threw snow at each other, went sledding and built igloos.
There is plenty of the white stuff remaining. On Sunday, some residents were just starting to dig themselves out of their inundated homes. And there is still a long way to go to return to normality.