Because if this had been a real storm, the North End Christmas tree would probably be on the other side of the Greenway by now.
Amy B. snapped nature's fury, in the form of blown-over barriers around the menorah erected in Copley Square.
Meanwhile, Elyse Ryan posts the rules to the Boston Umbrella Game:
Walk Boston w/ Umbrella, Rules: Don't let umbrella flip inside out. Boss level: Back Bay side streets.
Instant fail: umbrella flips in front of a line of watching taxis or crossing a busy... Read more
UPDATE: NWS high-wind warning now goes into effect at 4 a.m. And now only lasts until 1 p.m., but wind gusts could hit 60 m.p.h.
The National Weather Service advises that small children, Smart Cars and Sally Field should stay well indoors, or at least anchored to a chain between midnight tonight and midnight tomorrow:
SOUTH TO SOUTHEAST WIND GUSTS UP TO 50... Read more
Neal Gaffey illustrates just how quickly the temperature fell below freezing overnight.
At 7:28 a.m., Mike Connor tweeted:
It's officially snowing in Boston. Snow is blowing into the red line car "standing by for a moment" at MGH.
A train died on the Red Line this morning, of course, this time at Alewife. Also, the T reports issues on the Red Line and some commuter lines with slippery rail, caused not by the snow but by... Read more
Around sunset, Scott Eisen watched a cold front moving over the Chestnut Hill Reservoir.
South Shoretwit watched the front over the South Shore:
Photos copyright Scott Eisen and South Shoretwit respectively.... Read more
No, not the Hurricane of '38. The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635, at least, based on a 2006 analysis for the National Hurricane Center, which features eyewitness accounts from William Bradford of Plymouth and John Winthrop (yes, that John Winthrop) of Boston:
The wind having blown hard at S. and S.W. a week before, about midnight it came up at N.E. and blew with... Read more
Libby Quinby watched the clouds roll over downtown this afternoon from the relative safety of East Boston.... Read more