I'm obsessed with seeing my Japanese maple through its first winter. Bought it for 1/2 off at Home Depot and the tag said "acer pulmatum." Big help. Google image search makes me think that--based on the leaves and bark--it's a bloodgood. It's on the east side of the house, but still seems to get plenty north wind.
I heard wind is a big enemy, so I thought why not try a mild windbreak. Oh, looky here, I have a pallet left over from the delivery of stone steppers (I was going to use it for SOMETHING creative). It's only 4 feet tall, and not solid, but it might help. Is it pointless? Pic below.
Also take a look at the young isanti dogwood twigs. Nice and red in the sun, also red in the snow, but on just your average cloudy day unimpressive.
And last week during our 1/2" snow a couple visited us for Thanksgiving. They were sort of loud and a might peckish.