Just days after Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, the first substantial snowfall arrived on Friday, Feb. 5. It was heavy and wet. Snow clung everywhere, especially to tree branches. It was strangely beautiful, except to those seeking a place to park. The weather folks said it was 8 inches worth, but South Boston Online really doubts that much fell here.
Compared to last year’s dumping, the first snow of 2016 was nothing to write home about. The storm had the good taste to come just before a weekend. The city had the wisdom to call off school, and the roads were restored to traffic with all due haste, so we were prepared for the next storm.