We have been watching the weather forecasts, and we are currently preparing for over a foot of snow tomorrow. We expect the snow to begin falling between midnight tonight and 4 a.m., with heavy snow expected by the morning commute. Forecasters are predicting potential snowfall rates of 1-3 inches per hour over this period, combined with significant sustained winds and high wind gusts. Snow will continue through the afternoon and is expected to end tomorrow evening.

Public works will have staff on hand throughout the duration of the storm, with personnel and approximately 80 pieces of equipment prepared to deploy throughout the city. The DPW Operations Center will be open at 6 a.m. tomorrow morning and remain open through the evening on Tuesday. Please feel free to contact them at 781-665-0142 with any storm-related issues or questions.

  • There will be an on-street parking ban starting at 11 p.m. on Monday and continuing throughout the day on Tuesday. We will actively monitor and assess as conditions change.
  • Residents with overnight stickers or who need overnight parking are encouraged to use the City Hall lot or the three commuter rail stations: Melrose Highlands, Cedar Park, and Wyoming. During the storm, police will not be ticketing in these four lots.
  • The Melrose Public Schools, City Hall, the Melrose Public Library, and the Milano Center will be closed.
  • The Community Dinner scheduled for Tuesday is canceled.
  • All evening school and recreation programming for Tuesday is canceled.
  • The School Committee meeting scheduled for Tuesday night is canceled.
  • There will be no trash or recycling pickup on Tuesday. All trash and recycling will be on a one-day delay: Tuesday routes will be picked up on Wednesday, etc.
  • Please be courteous to your neighbors and fellow citizens and clear your sidewalks as soon as possible.
  • Please do not shovel or plow snow into the street.
  • Here is a list of high school students who can be hired to shovel snow.
  • We advise all residents to stay off the roads if possible Tuesday morning, both for your own safety and so we can clear the streets as efficiently as possible.
  • If you are having power issues, please contact National Grid directly at 1-800-322-3223, or go to their website at https://www.nationalgrid.com and access your issue by entering your address or account number. If you have downed wires or an emergency, please contact the Melrose Police or Fire Departments.
John Guilfoil is the Principal Owner of JGPR. Tweet @johnguilfoil or email him.

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