Watch 24 inches of snow pile up in 13 (time-lapsed) seconds

Two feet of snow piled up on Mark Jeffries’ porch in Newton on Tuesday.
Two feet of snow piled up on Mark Jeffries’ porch in Newton on Tuesday.

Enduring Tuesday’s nor’easter as it was happening wasn’t pleasant for most residents: The snow seemed to never stop, schools and businesses were shut down, and whipping winds and low visibility made it nearly impossible to trek outside, even for bread and milk.

But now that it’s all said and done, and the sun is back out, some people seem to have a different perspective on — and appreciation for — the storm.

Residents from around the region started posting mesmerizing time-lapse videos on Wednesday morning that captured the day-long accumulation of snow, as the powerful storm barreled through the area and dropped up to two feet or more in some places.


In the videos, the snow seems to grow out of surfaces, sprouting like spring flowers from porch railings, back steps, and sidewalks, as opposed to falling from the sky. The sped-up footage offers a serene alternative to the blustery weather that people had to contend with had they stepped outside even briefly on Tuesday.

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In Somerville, where around 20 inches of snow blanketed the city, Laurence Muller used a GoPro Hero 5 Black, with a powerbank, to get almost 24 hours of footage from the storm, he said in a message to the Globe. He placed a camera on a tripod on his porch, and let it roll, nearly from start to finish. Muller said the camera “iced up a few times because the snow was heavy and wet.”

Kate LeBlanc took a different approach in Malden, positioning a camera to face her steps and surrounding neighbors from the backyard. The 24-second video she posted to Twitter shows mounds building up, completely covering her steps and yard, as a tree branch gets weighed down by the heavy snow. In the background, houses are partially eclipsed by the accumulation.

Newton resident Mark Jeffries didn’t have to do much work to capture footage of the snow stacking up in his yard, however. A pre-installed Nest camera, set up on his porch, was rolling when the storm hit. Jeffries shared a video on Twitter Wednesday that showed “24 inches of snow in 18 hours” bury his property. The scene is oddly hypnotic.

And in Brookline, Kevin Johnson shot video as 21 inches of snow coated his home.

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