Feb 102015
 
Boston's snow looking beautiful in the Arnold Arboretum.

Boston’s snow looking beautiful in the Arnold Arboretum.

Yipes! Over six feet of snow have blanketed my dear Boston in the past 30 days, demolishing all previous blizzard records. We have now had EIGHT snow days off of school, forcing Boston Public Schools to eliminate two upcoming holidays to reach the allotted 180 school days before July hits. (Oh July… sweet, warm July… The city aches for you.)

A blue car peeking out of the snow bank.

A blue car peeking out of a mammoth snow bank.

Meanwhile, our public transportation system (the “T”) has completely shut down for today as another foot of snow plopped upon us and we struggled to dig free. As Boston’s never-ending blizzards made national news, people around the world must have become Google-curious, because all of a sudden I noticed thousands of readers finding this very blog. Why? It turns out that my site is the #1 Google Images result for “Boston snow!” Unfortunately for people who enjoy accuracy, that search result actually pulls up this pretty blizzard article I wrote in 2013, NOT photos of our current situation.

See the person lying on the snowbank?

See the person lying on the snowbank?

Today, in an attempt to bring fresher photos on the internet scene, I finally ventured outside after days of huddling indoors avoiding Snow Globe City. I discovered two very different faces of the storm: In the famed Arnold Arboretum park, the snow is glorious! In the streets, however, it is disgusting, and cars are doomed. To give you a balanced portrait of what Boston is experiencing now, I am alternating photos in this article between the Arboretum glory and the street stinkage.

One of the many 6-foot-high piles of snow in Boston.

One of the many 6-foot-high piles of snow in Boston.

These photos may make you laugh or cry, depending on where in the world you are viewing them. Regardless, I do hope you’ll leave your reactions and experiences in the comments section below!

These are some hardcore snow runners!

These are some hardcore snow runners!

Yikes! There's a car in there!

Yikes! There’s a car in there!

The tree shadows starkly show the height of the snowbanks.

The tree shadows starkly show the height of the snowbanks.

Those cars may not get out until spring.

Those cars may not get out until spring.

Thank goodness this path in the Arboretum was plowed.

Thank goodness this path in the Arboretum was plowed.

There's a car under all that snow on the right. On the left, someone is trying to reserve a shoveled spot.

There’s a car under all that snow on the right. On the left, someone is trying to reserve a shoveled spot.

This tree is twisted, as if from the force of the snow.

This tree is twisted, as if from the force of the snow.

Not a fun situation to shovel out.

Not a fun situation to shovel out.

Two park benches completely submerged in snow.

Two park benches completely submerged in snow.

Heaps and heaps of snow.

Heaps and heaps of snow.

One of many massive piles of plowed snow in Boston.

A massive pile of plowed snow in the Arboretum.

Can you see that car buried in the driveway?

Can you see that car buried in the driveway?

So THIS is how pretty snow looks when it hasn't been plowed.

So THIS is how pretty snow looks when it hasn’t been plowed.

Is that a car or a snowbank?!

Is that a car or a snowbank?!

These people are cross-country skiing in the Arboretum!

These people are cross-country skiing in the Arboretum!

It's as if the street is hollering, "Stop! No more snow!"

It’s as if the street is hollering, “Stop! No more snow!”

The smooth lines of the trees in tangles of snow.

The smooth lines of the trees in tangles of snow.

Isn't this beach chair tragic on so many levels?

Isn’t this beach chair tragic on so many levels?

Snow angel! This shows you that the snowbanks are at least four feet high.

Snow angel! This shows you that the snowbanks are at least four feet high.

So, what do you think? Do share your thoughts below!

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  24 Responses to “Photos of Boston Under 6 Feet of Record Blizzard Snow”

  1. That’s crazy snow…

    Actually, my most memorable snow period happened when I was living in Yamagata Prefecture. We got snow nonstop for a week (in December 2009). At times, unbearable snow (especially when I had to take off my gloves) but surviving that week gave me a sense of pride. I just wish I had more pictures of the snow.

    • So interesting! I don’t often associate Japan with heavy snow!

    • I didn’t associate Japan with heavy snow until I lived in Yamagata Prefecture – although during my first stint working in the country, I went skiing in Nagano Prefecture. Although the winter is generally miserable in Yamagata Prefecture (and the rest of the Tohoku region), the region is a great place for skiing and snowboarding.

  2. Moved to Boston from Georgia in 1978 to attend school. I was excited about the prospects of snow, and then, the Blizzard of ’78. Needless to say, my expectations were exceeded…

  3. It’s incredible to see the photos!

    • What’s insane is that there is now two MORE feet of snow on top of this! We’ve hit EIGHT FEET OF SNOW!!!

  4. After having lived in the Midwest for many years and then moving out, I can honestly say that the one thing I DO NOT miss about it is the snow.

    Just looking at these pictures gives me flashbacks of waking up early and having to shovel the driveway in freezing temps.

    Brrrrrrr!!!!

  5. I lived in Boston many moons ago and finally today thought, “I gotta see what’s goin’ there.” Whoa! It snowed when I was there but maybe a foot. This is crazy. Stay safe!

  6. That is a crazy amount of snow! I like the juxtaposition you did of the gross with the beautiful.

  7. Woah! Thanks for sharing what you are going through. We’re in a deep freeze ourselves here in Ontario, Canada. We have lots of snow, but I know this is crazy for Boston. Glad to hear you are at the top on Google! Cheers

  8. This is amazing and to think that there is a drought on the west coast with 70ish degrees for February, what bizarre weather we are going to have for the New Year.

  9. Brr! Not missing the snow looking at these photos! And I bet you’re groaning about more snow days… I know my mom is in Chicago!

  10. Much respect from Minnesota on how well you’ve been able to handle the deluge so far – we’ve been on the dry side of all these systems and are about two feet behind on our snowfall for the season. We’d gladly take some of that off your hands to prevent a drought out here!

  11. We’ve got that much snow in Michigan – it’s gorgeous!

    • Interesting! Perhaps you all are more used to that volume than we are? We’re all going a bit batty!

  12. The chairs used to “save” spots cracks me up. I remember that from when I lived in New Jersey! After digging out cars for hours, you definitely have earned that spot to come back to. Stay warm up there!!

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