After last winter, Boston bought two giant snow blowers that, when coupled with dump trucks, can remove 2,000 tons of snow an hour.
WCVB reports that with the impending blizzard to end all blizzards expected to sock Washington, but mostly miss us, Mayor Walsh says he's offered to loan the vehicles to that city if they need it.
The National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center says this is the storm that will either prove a "blockbuster" or not all that much, really, at least for Boston. Once the thing gets over land, the NWS says, we should get a much better idea of what it will do because land is where most of the radars and weather balloons and stuff are that provide the all important data.
French Toast Alert - Elevated, so start thinking about that milk, bread and eggs.
JB Parrett reports the wind made it pretty nippy down by the Garden today.
Mark Novak took a walk around the Parkman Bandstand and the rest of Boston Common last night.
Patrick McMahon shows us a couple of kids with the snowman they built this morning on the Greenway in Dewey Square.
OK, it wasn't that much of a storm, but, boy, did it have some big flakes, as Meagan discovered on Brighton Avenue in Allston.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) wants to exempt Boston homeowners over 60 and people with disabilities from the requirement to shovel their sidewalks after snowstorms.
In a request for a hearing that will go before the council tomorrow, Jackson says: Read more.
Daniel Guzman went for a walk in Allandale Woods this morning. Look for more freezing tonight, what with the NWS predicting a low of 9 in greater Roslindale. Guzman cautions:
Cracks under a dog's paw, so no skating just yet.
Wellesley Police report an officer pulled over this car cruising down Linden Street around 3:30 p.m. and issued the driver a citation for
driving like a moron failure to clean off the windshield.
A roving UHub photographer couldn't help but stop to marvel at the backbreaking work that obviously went into clearing this space on East Broadway in South Boston tonight.
Kosta wishes he were a roving UHub photographer, but this morning he's an immobile UHub photographer at Logan. He filed this photo of a de-icing crew around 10 a.m. from the plane he's been sitting in since 5 a.m.
Nick Cosky walked along the Charles at sunrise (such as it was) this morning.
The first major snow of the season turned to ice and freezing rain, causing problems on local roads. Matt Allen shows us the scene on Clarendon Street in the Back Bay, where buses and cars got stuck.
Jason shows us the fresh snow around 2 a.m. on his Somerville street: Read more.
Channels 7 and 25 began exclusive reporting from a MassDOT salt pile in Weston yesterday evening, more than 30 hours before the anticipated arrival of what Channel 25 tells us "won't be a winter wallop."
Exhausted evening reporters who reassured us the state had plenty of salt were replaced this morning by fresh reporters, who reassured us the salt pile had not disappeared overnight and was ready to be put to use in the first winter storm of the season. Read more.
Like a lot of other people, we spent some time near the bridge over the Public Garden Lagoon today just marveling at the blooming cherry tree.
A tree in the Arnold Arboretum was also in full bloom.
Saturday update: Up to Blue.
Not yet ready to urge you to make a milk, eggs and bread run, especially given the temperatures we're seeing this weekend, but the National Weather Service is calling for its first "winter weather event" of the season on Tuesday and that did make us unlock the bunker and make sure everything's in working order. The NWS says any snow/sleet/falling sheets of ice could change to rain on the coastal plain (that's us, in the main), but we've got a wary eye open.