The snowstorm that is expected in Boston started off slowly Thursday morning, but began picking up by 10 a.m.
About five inches had accumulated as of noon, but forecasts predict up to 20 inches of snow could fall by the end of the day. A winter storm warning remains in effect until 8 p.m.
Some residents tried to get ahead of the storm, busting out snow blowers, road salt and shovels.
Others hit Harvard Yard to revel in the first big snowstorm of the season.