In the (for the most part) temperate climes of the UK, the country grinds to a halt once every few years when a moderate snowfall occurs.
It is because of the rarity of the event that this happens - it isn't worth the infrastructure required to deal with this relatively rare event.
issue is repeated or significant snowfall on roads preventing vehicle progress by exceeding the authorities attempts to clear it. The usual approach is to 'grit' the roads with a mixture of salt and sand. However, I propose that we instead turn this issue into a small business opportunity.
Subsidies should be made available for house-owners on every street to set up a snow-clearing business. Snow of over a derisory amount would be collected and tipped into large covered pits built for the purpose. These would be built under front gardens, in empty lots, accessible back-gardens or the centres of roundabouts - there are many potential sites in most urban areas.
The snow is likely to be too dirty for most uses, however I can think of two. Depending on the nature of the storage pit, acquired snow would either be stored until summer, then used for power generation (perhaps involving a large Stirling motor), or simply for refrigeration purposes (effectively a modern ice house). Either way, as the snow melts it can be released slowly to drain away.
The money currently used to buy, maintain and store snow-ploughs and salt could be turned over in part to subsidising this snow collection, in built-up areas at least. Minor changes in the law might enable people to take time off their main work to help with this effort.
One important consideration is size - the larger the amount of collected snow, the lower the proportional rate of loss due to heat-gain from the environment. On the other hand, the larger the catchment area, the further snow must be transported.
This does decentralise snow clearing - which might be a good thing, since each community is more responsible for its own welfare. Given some freedom to act, a great variety of inventive systems and uses for snow might be made. Some pit-owners may hire people to collect snow, others may just pay by the barrow-load. Still other communities may form a communal system for mutual benefit.
In any case, the roads would be cleared in an environmentally friendly manner, and a new resource would be created.
 Pedestrians are currently left to fend for themselves.