Trees and shrubs laden with heavy wet snow can be alarming to gardeners.
It's best to step back and take a wait and see attitude for them.
You can do more damage by trying to knock the snow off of the branches.
Temperatures over the next couple days will melt what's there and then it's time to examine the landscape for damage.
If branches are broken they can be pruned back to the trunk. Pruning is an art and a science so take your time.
If the branch is longer than two or three feet make two cuts. One about a foot from the trunk and then another close to the tree or shrub. Leave about a quarter inch stub.
If one cut was made close to the tree the branch could tear bark off as it's removed...make sense?
Trees and shrubs are resilient, have seen snow like this before and for the most part will be fine.
If you don't have to leave home, enjoy a snow like this. It will be gone in a day or two and the plants should be back to normal as the snow falls off the branches.
Check out this sad statue pining for spring.