If you’re from Boston, you probably know just how cold our winters can be. It’s cold enough that in 2010, the Boston Bruins got to face off against the Philadelphia Flyers for the Winter Classic at America’s Most Beloved Ballpark, Fenway Park (and we won!). But if you’re just moving to Boston now, in the thick of winter, there are a few things that you might not know about. Today’s blog will offer three quick tips to help anyone moving into Boston in the winter.
1. It can be very cold
While we have had a pretty warm December in Boston this year, we can count on the cold to come on in full force now that it’s January. Weather.com lists the average low temperature for Boston at just 22°, and the average high temperature is just over freezing temperatures. If you find yourself moving to Boston now in the winter (or even if you’re just visiting), make sure you bring lots of warm clothes.
2. Monitor the weather as much as you can
Winter in New England means there can be snow. Even back on this past Halloween, the Boston area had record snowfalls. You can count on the snow to cause parking bans – so make sure you can park in a garage, driveway, or somewhere else where your car won’t be impounded. Extreme snow storms have been known to take down power grids in the northeast for weeks at a time as well. If there is a big storm on the way, make sure you store some food that won’t spoil along with batteries for flashlights and candles. If we have a storm that’s bad enough that it can take out power grids, you don’t want to have to travel to get the supplies that you need in the thick of it.
3. Have fun, and take in the beauty of Boston in winter
Once you are warm, your car is in a safe place, and you’re stocked up on supplies – try to find a good time to enjoy the sights of the city. Walking through Boston Public Gardens in the winter can be beautiful – and if you feel like it, you can go skating on Boston’s Famous Frog Pond. While they are starting to come down now, there are still some holiday decorations up around the city that look especially nice with some fresh snow covering them. Grab some hot cocoa and take in the sights!