Feb 172013
The Boston Public Garden was covered in two feet of frosting!

The Boston Public Garden was covered in two feet of frosting!

WOWZA did we have a lot of snow in Boston! Two feet, to be exact. Raging winds whipped the wet, fat snow of Blizzard Nemo all over our city. Windows shook, the view was waves of white, and schools were closed for three days. Driving was banned, and travel ground to a halt.

Blizzard snow smothered Boston's streets and parked cars. Can you see the hood peeking out?

Blizzard snow smothered Boston’s streets and parked cars. Can you see the hood peeking out?

Being married to another teacher is splendid on a triple snow day like this. Colin and I ate tons of ice cream, watched five Bollywood movies (we’re addicted to them after travel to India), and rocked out fuzzy sweatpants.

Icicles made graceful chandeliers.

Icicles made graceful chandeliers.

But at a certain point (er, day three) we figured we should probably get off our sweatpants-ed rumps and walk around the city to see what Nemo had done. We may or may not have kept our sweatpants on as we yanked up jeans and snow boots.

Ornamental shrubs got squashed with snow. Plop!

Ornamental shrubs got squashed with snow. Plop!

So, what had Nemo done to Boston? In a giant “BLOOP!” it had swaddled the entire city in frosting of epic proportions. Cars were invisible but for a glint of metal. Plows worked overtime, but many streets remained an impassible snow swamp. Stairways turned to frozen waterfalls, as if the doors had vomited white.

These church stairs look like a gushing waterfall. Impassable!

These church stairs looked like a gushing waterfall, impassable.

How did this compare to our delicious double snow day in 2011?  Bigger, better, deeper! Colin and I decided to trudge to the Boston Public Garden to see the willow trees and pond covered in snow. The sun was setting and the sky became pink behind the winking golden lights of the buildings.

We walked to the Public Garden where some danger-loving man was walking on the ice.

We walked to the Public Garden where some danger-loving man was walking on the ice.

Tons of Bostonians had also emerged from their blizzard cocoons, and many brought their dogs with them. Ooo, is there anything cuter than fluffy animals in jackets rolling around in fresh, deep snow? The pups must have been thrilled to have a bigger space to do their natural business than the two-foot space their owners had shoveled out in the waist-high snow of their back yards!

Fluffy, frolicking animals are awfully cute in deep snow, especially with jaunty jackets!

Fluffy, frolicking animals are awfully cute in deep snow.

Did WE enjoy our triple snow day as much as those happy puppies? Heck yeah, we did!

So what about you? What are YOUR favorite snow memories? What is the most epic storm that you have experienced? If you live in a climate with little snow, what are your thoughts? Do share!

How beautiful is Boston in the snow?!

How beautiful is Boston in the snow?!

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  31 Responses to “Beautiful Boston Under Two Feet of Blizzard Snow”

  1. For those who want to see photos of the SIX FEET of snow Boston just got in the 2015 series of blizzards, here’s my new article: http://www.aroundtheworldl.com/2015/02/10/boston-snow-photos/

  2. Thats a lot of snow !!

  3. I love how you call it frosting! I can’t believe all of this snow. Your photos are stunning! The only snow I’ve seen this year is one dirty clump last weekend in NYC.

  4. Love seeing cities blanketed in snow. Just need to get up early enough to see it before it all turns gross from everyone driving and walking through it!

  5. Should pulled out some maple syrup and done what the Canuks do – pour a healthy dallop on the snow and make snowsicles… just don’t do it anywhere near where those fluffy things ‘frolicked’

  6. I love cities just after a snowstorm. It’s a magical time when all is quiet and frosted in white. . . before the plowing begins and we all have to get back to work 🙂

  7. The reason I moved to Southern Spain was to get away from Chicago’s snowy weather. This almost ALMOST makes me miss it!!

  8. Ahh snow…a beautiful thing (as long as I don’t have to shovel it or otherwise clean it up).

  9. I’m sure it wasn’t the most convenient but beautiful and a wonderful photo op!

  10. I’ve never seen snow like that…. it’s unreal! The purple coloured sky makes it look really magical.

  11. LOVE Boston. The people are so friendly!

    • That’s not the stereotype (we’re often seen as cold, like our winters), but you’re right that at our core we’re lovely once you get to know us! 😀

  12. Wow! I’ve never seen that much snow!!

  13. Yikes!!! That’s a lot of snow. I don’t think I’d be able to leave the house with that much snow.

  14. I got off work early on Friday (in New York) and my mom works in Boston during the week so she made the decision to come home the night before the blizzard (which ended up being a smart decision since Amtrak service was shut down on Friday). We only got about a foot of snow here but it was enough to slow down commuter train service on Monday morning. It was very pretty :), but the shoveling was not so much fun (especially since our driveway is on an incline). We didn’t have to dig out our cars out of the snow like in Boston though!

  15. Gorgeous photos – I bet you were tired after plodding through all that snow.

    • Thanks, and sort of… although we’d been sitting on the couch for the previous three days, so I suppose we had a nice reserve of energy. 🙂

  16. Ah! Snow is the great equalizer – everything is beautiful in the snow and remember, there is no bad weather, only bad clothing. 😀

  17. Incredible photos…reminds me of the time we were in New York and a blizzard came though. It was so fun venturing out early the next morning into the empty streets. I remember standing in the middle of Park Avenue and not seeing a single car in either direction…

    • Yes! In a walkable city like NY or Boston, not being able to drive just makes the fun walks more tranquil!

  18. I’ve not heard anybody likening the snow fall to “as if the doors had vomited white” and I realize they must have been afraid of the controversy;). I guess nobody ever feels particularly positive about a blizzard, but having this winter wonderland (and no school!!) afterwards doesn’t seem to be too bad… Love your pictures, too:)!

  19. WOW! Those are some gorgeous photos, especially the last one. I personally love the after-effects of a good snowstorm (as long as there is no wind) – it is always so beautiful!

    • Yes! But yeah… there was a lot of wind. A photo circulated of a car that accidentally left its windows open and became a snow cube!

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