BROOKLINE, Mass. — The first flakes began to fall in the city moments ago, signaling the start of the first major snowstorm in Boston this season.

At the local Whole Foods Market, the usually jocular and friendly natural foods shoppers were replaced by a hoard of college students from Brighton in pajama pants and sweaters and elderly couples from Brookline in Volvos and Mercedes, vying for position in line. Carts clanged together as people gathered up produce, milk and other foods.

Winter has started in Boston.

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John Guilfoil is the editor-in-chief of Blast: Boston's Online Magazine and the Blast Magazine Network. He can be reached at [email protected]. Tweet @johnguilfoil.

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