As the streets of Boston emptied and a historic blizzard named Juno made its blusterous arrival on Monday night, another ominous presence became known nearby: the Boston Yeti.
A tall figure dressed in a snowy-white costume trekked through the storm in its early hours, calling itself @BostonYeti2015 on Twitter.
While the identity of the Boston Yeti remains unknown, the user behind this Twitter account appears to have created it on Monday ahead of the storm, amassing more than 4,700 followers by Tuesday evening. The hashtag #BostonYeti2015 took on a social life of its own as Twitter users reacted to Boston’s surprise monster of the storm.
With all of the city’s instructions to stay off the roads, the Boston Yeti didn’t appear to listen, at least in Somerville during the start of Juno. But this abominable snowman did seem to want fellow Bostonians to be careful, telling folks on Twitter that “BostonYeti2015 loves the snow, but wants everyone to be safe.”
#BostonYeti2015 loves the snow, but wants everyone to be safe #blizzardof2015 #snowmageddon2015 #juno2015 #yetisafety pic.twitter.com/BojgWimnSt— The Boston Yeti (@BostonYeti2015) January 27, 2015
Boston Yeti strolled down McGrath Highway in Somerville:
Boston Yeti trying to hail cab on McGrath Highway in #Somerville #juno2015 #blizzardof2015 #BostonYeti2015 pic.twitter.com/jsaazfXoqP— The Boston Yeti (@BostonYeti2015) January 27, 2015
Boston Yeti “enjoying” the early storm:
The Boston Yeti enjoying early #juno2015 #Snowmageddon2015 #blizzardof2015 #BostonYeti2015 pic.twitter.com/M8sPBSPCGE— The Boston Yeti (@BostonYeti2015) January 27, 2015
Twitter users have been having some fun reacting to the Boston Yeti, some even saying it trumps “deflategate”:
#Deflategate is so last week. #Follow @BostonYeti2015 b/c I love a man with a sense of humor: http://t.co/sopBPt2Brv pic.twitter.com/is6LY22zxk— Julie Wolfe WHAS11 (@JulieWolfe) January 27, 2015
@BostonYeti2015 thanks for keeping us entertained. Stories about another blizzard are as interesting as deflated footballs these days❄🏈— Cindy (@c1ndy_lou_who) January 27, 2015
Others seem to be amused:
Remember back when snowstorms weren't the end of the world?— jb4realz (@JB4Realz) January 27, 2015
They were actually...FUN?! Yeah me too.
So does this guy: @BostonYeti2015 #FF
If you fancy a snowy giggle during the current #Blizzard then follow @BostonYeti2015— Dr David Gray 🇨🇦 (@Limpetman) January 27, 2015
And some are offering praise:
Waking up to find out the @BostonYeti2015 happened makes this storm almost worth it. #blizzardof2015— Samantha (@LivreIt2Me) January 27, 2015
Even from beyond Boston:
@BostonYeti2015 you know when you've made it when your big in Ireland! 👍🍀 stay safe old man yeti!— Comedy Ireland (@ComedyIreland) January 27, 2015
Snowed in, working from home. First messages I see: UK coworkers talking about @BostonYeti2015 roaming #Somerville… pic.twitter.com/h51KsIBDyV— Chris Devers 👨🎤☔️ (@cdevers) January 27, 2015