It’s Monday, Boston.
🏆 And the Oscar for best director(s) goes to … two Emerson grads! Shoutout to Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, the directors of “Everything Everywhere All at Once.” The film absolutely cleaned up last night with seven wins, including best picture.
👀 What’s on tap today:
Budget extra T time
The ultimate COVID shot
Boston’s GOAT comeback
A pre-spring nor’easter
Image: Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Nothing says “it’s almost spring in New England” like a nor’easter. A late-winter storm starting tonight will shellac parts of the state with heavy, wet snow and potentially damaging winds.
Here’s what you need to know:
🌧️ It all starts late tonight. At least the winter storm watch does. Rain will roll in late this evening then turn into a snow/rain mix Tuesday morning. Bill Leatham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norton, said the Tuesday morning commute for folks in the Greater Boston area “should be okay since it’s going to be in the process of changing from rain to snow.” Just make sure to double check the radar as these systems can change.
❄️ And then it gets messy messy. Current projections have those of us in the Greater Boston area getting anywhere from 4 to 8 inches of snow (with less accumulation the closer you get to the coast and more the further west you go). And it’s going to be heavy and wet. Leatham said the Tuesday evening commute will be a tough one for most of Eastern Mass., so if you can WFH, do it. If not, budget plenty of extra travel time.
🌬️ Brace for power outages. A high wind warning goes into effect Tuesday morning through Wednesday morning for a chunk of eastern Mass. with gusts up to 55 mph possible. Combined with heavy, wet snow, and we could see some downed trees and power lines. Leatham suggests grabbing extra batteries and food to be safe. Here’s the latest snow and wind gust map from National Weather Service Boston.
📝 Some friendly reminders. Take it easy with shoveling since it’s going to be extra wet and heavy. If you live in Boston, make sure you’re signed up for emergency alerts. And here’s a quick refresher on what to do with your car.
Quick & dirty headlines
Image: Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe
🚇 Budget some extra time for the T. While the system-wide speed restrictions that rocked commuters on Friday have mostly been lifted, there’s still a few leftover slow zones on the Red, Orange, and Blue lines. Plus, the Green and Mattapan lines are still seeing delays across the board as speeds remain capped between 10 and 25 mph. MBTA officials made the call to implement a systemwide slow zone last week because they couldn’t confirm that it was safe to operate trains at full speed. Fingers crossed we’ll know more later today.
💉 Is there an “ultimate” COVID vaccine in our future? Nearly three (!) years after COVID shut down the world, scientists from MIT and other local universities have developed a new vaccine that could eliminate the need for COVID boosters. This new “pan-variant” shot targets an area of the virus that’s less prone to change (unlike current vaccines that target spike proteins that easily mutate). While they’ve only tested it on mice, the results have been promising. Only small clinical trials have begun, so it could be a few years before we see it on the market.
🏒 The Bruins had quite the weekend. Not only did they clinch a playoff spot (to no one’s surprise), they also reached 50 wins on the year in just 64 games — the fastest any team has reached that threshold. The B’s have now advanced to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for seven consecutive seasons, and are moving on to the postseason for the 76th time in franchise history. Only the Montreal Canadiens have more postseason appearances in NHL history (85).
🚚 Your lunch breaks are about to get way more interesting. The Rose Kennedy Greenway’s Food Truck Program will be back in action on April 3. This year's roster includes 18 food trucks, six of them new, serving more than 15 cuisines (everything from tacos, to bibimbap, to the Cookie Monstah). You can see the full truck schedule and their locations here. And make sure to mark your calendar for the Greenway Food Truck Festival set for May 6.
THINGS TO DO
🎲 Play board games while speed dating. The best case scenario of this event at Castle Island Brewing: You meet the love of your life (or a new pal). Worst case scenario: There will be alcohol.
🎤 See a surprise concert with Sofar Sounds. The catch? You won't know who’s performing or where the performance is until 36 hours before the show. Plus, The B-Side team will be there so come say hey!
🧀 Try all the free samples at Boston Public Market. Their “Third Thursday Tastings” event is back this week with live music, free samples from vendors, and specialty cocktails.
ONE LAST THING
Boston’s GOAT comeback
Image: Barry Chin/Globe Staff
What is Boston’s all-time best sports comeback?
As a city, we’ve got a lot to choose from. Boston.com is holding its own March Madness-style bracket to pick the ultimate Boston sports comeback story. Round one has eight tough matchups, like the Patriots 28-3 rally in Super Bowl LI versus the 1984 “Hail Flutie” when Boston College’s Doug Flutie passed for a 48-yard last-minute touchdown against Miami in his Heismen-winning season.
Take a look at the bracket and get your votes in now. Round one runs through March 14.
🏈 Thanks for reading! The Super Bowl LI comeback is definitely my pick. I still watch the mic’d up highlights when I need a little Monday motivation.
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