Monday afternoon in Boston the snow started and didn’t stop. After 24.4 inches of snowfall, Bostonians are still trucking through slush and snow banks to get on with their lives that for many were put on halt for a couple of days.
The T was disabled, dark business windows lined every street, and even the popular cab service Uber was not operating. If you wanted to get anywhere in Boston, one had to form their own sidewalks through hills of snow with their boots. And to stay indoors was no way to avoid the storm. Blizzard Juno was talked about on all platforms from the news to Snapchat to Twitter memes.
Some Bostonians think most overreacted to the storm. “It was appropriate for them to close down public transportation and roads but people didn’t need to freak out,” Said Amruta Hosur, a 20 year old resident of Brighton. “It’s not the apocalypse,”
Her roommate Leah agreed that media coverage was over-the-top. “That thing on Snapchat was kind of weird. Like some people in New York were only talking about three inches. It was no big deal.” She said in regards to Snapchat’s ‘live stream’ of the blizzard, in which users of the app could watch people’s live experiences of the snow.
“New York was such a joke,” Agreed Stacy Chen, a sophomore at Emmanuel College. Town to town and state to state folks everywhere competed to boast who had the most snow. But who had the most?
As it turns out, Auburn, Lunenburg, Hudson and Westford Massachusetts reached the highest piles of snow in three feet. Boston attained a whole foot less than that. Still, the city was completely blanketed in what has been called the greatest January snow in 123 years. “I couldn’t see the Pru from my window anymore. I was like, where am I living?” Chen shared.
The view of the Prudential Building has returned, and our sidewalks are coming back. But at least for a while before it all melts, the piles of white atop our city will remind us of the chaotic and sometimes fun memories these snow days created.