Even though parts of the Boston region have already experienced single-digit temperatures and a few inches of snow, the winter solstice brought blue skies and plenty of sunshine. The National Weather Service in Taunton predicts the East Coast will see milder temperatures for the rest of the week.
New Englanders marked the winter solstice—the first day of winter and the shortest day of the year—by posting warm thoughts on social media:
It's the First Day of Winter; stay warm and make the most of those hours of sunlight! pic.twitter.com/iUKswi3oOt
— Regis (@RegisCollege_MA) December 21, 2016
— The Maine Group (@The_Maine_Group) December 21, 2016
— Boston Public Radio (@BosPublicRadio) December 21, 2016
— Springfield Museums (@SpfldMuseums) December 21, 2016
… by crossing their fingers and hoping for the best:
happy first day of winter New England , please go easy on us
— jenna (@mercyIive) December 21, 2016
— Cambridge Police (@CambridgePolice) December 21, 2016
… by appreciating the season’s beauty:
— Blake Octavian Blair (@BlakeOBlair) December 21, 2016
— Cape Cod Beth (@bethpatkoske) December 21, 2016
… and, in some cases, by counting the days until spring:
5️⃣5️⃣ days… ☀️ pic.twitter.com/dXkWyw7bGb
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) December 21, 2016
Today is the 1st day of winter!
89 days until spring!
117 days until the Marathon!
184 days until summer!
— Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS) December 21, 2016