I got a happy lesson from the rain when my gutter overflowed right above a basement window and let a bit of water in. I've dreaded cleaning the gutters since I bought the house four years ago. I phoned Ace and found out about a great $20 tool that hooks to a garden hose, and it made the job a snap. It took about two hours. The downspouts were really plugged.
And now the beautiful snow is falling.