On January 19th, this year, we had a snowstorm. It just kept snowing and this is what it looked like.
The snow lay heavy on the branches, bending them down. When one branch dropped it's load and bounced up, it filled with more snow until it bowed again. Some branches broke under the weight, but most merely bent. It seemed as if they realized that the wind would come along and relieve the weight. I may be bowed but I will not break.