Boston December 23, 2017
12 Things No One Tells You About Surviving A Boston Winter
Boston’s winters are the stuff of legend. One of the first things out-of-staters say when you tell them you live here is: “oh, I couldn’t do the winters.” We’ve already had our first snow of the season and, according to
predictions by Farmer’s Almanac, there’s plenty more to come. Here are 12 things that no one tells you about surviving your first – or any – winter in Boston:
1. There’s a reason #BOSNOW is a hashtag.
Well, actually two reasons. The first is that some years we receive a ridiculous amount of snow. The second is that we love to discuss the weather (or complain about it) either in person or via social media.
2. Winter here is like an unsupervised toddler...
...It does whatever the heck it wants, when it wants, and leaves a big mess behind. In Boston, winter can kick in anytime from November onwards and it may well snow through April.
3. Daylight is a weekend luxury.
It's dark when you get up and it's dark when you emerge from work or school at the end of the day. For most of this December, the sunset will be a few minutes before or after 4:15 p.m. The good news? By the end of January, the sun will be setting at close to 5:00 p.m. Woohoo!
4. Winter can be a lot better…
...or a lot worse than you’re expecting.
Last year there were just a few snowstorms. The winter of 2015 was another story.
5. Even if you like snow, slush is the worst.
Messy, cold, and gross. Ugh.
6. Bostonians are really tough.
If we let the weather hold us back, we'd never accomplish anything.
7. When your car is buried, freeing it takes a lot of work, but don't forget to clean off the roof.
Otherwise it poses a hazard for you and other drivers.
8. Be careful when shoveling.
Shoveling burns a ton of calories, which is great if you've got a giant mug of cocoa topped with marshmallowy goodness waiting for your inside. However, the effort of shoveling can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2015, there were 158,000 people who sought medical help for snow shoveling injuries.
9. Don’t move a space saver, no matter how bizarre it may be!
The Space Saver Wars have begun again. It's totally legal to claim the space you shoveled out in the first 48 hours after a snow emergency. Well, unless you're in the South End, where they're now banned.
10. A winter wind whipping down the street will take your breath away.
It cuts right through clothing to your bones.
11. Winter is much more manageable if you embrace seasonal activities.
Go ice skating, view some Christmas lights, or bundle up and go for a stroll.
12. Boston looks unbelievably pretty in winter.
How do you feel about winter? Do you love the crisp weather and snow, or is it the price you pay for living in such a great city? Let us know in the comments on the
Only In Boston Facebook page.