The Melrose Police Department would like to share that a snow emergency parking ban will be in effect from midnight on Saturday until noon on Sunday, and to share some basic tips to help residents get through this weekend’s winter storm safely.

At this time, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Blizzard Warning for Middlesex County, including Melrose, for Saturday, Jan. 29. Snow accumulations of as many as 18-24 inches are possible, with wind gusts potentially approaching 70 miles per hour.

Travel conditions are expected to be very difficult to impossible, and strong winds could cause tree and property damage. Strong winds may also lead to power outages.

The City of Melrose Department of Public Works will be working hard to keep the streets safe and clear for you. The City asks that you please be patient, as our plow drivers work efficiently and safely to clear the snow.

Residents are reminded that on-street parking is prohibited during the snow emergency parking ban, and that cars parked on the street will be subject to fines and towing.

“I would like to ask all Melrose residents to comply with the parking ban, which will help plow crews clear city streets more efficiently for all of us,” said Chief Lyle. “All of us at the City of Melrose would also appreciate residents’ assistance in clearing catch basins, fire hydrants, and sidewalks in their neighborhood after the storm. The more we work together, the more quickly Melrose will emerge from this winter storm.”

Those with non-emergency snow-related questions should call the DPW Snow Operations Center at 781-665-0142.

Residents should call 911 immediately to report any downed wires, and all residents are reminded to never approach or touch downed wires. Residents should assume that all downed wires are live.

To report downed tree limbs, contact the Department of Public Works at 781-665-0142 during business hours. After hours, please call the Melrose Police Department’s business line at 781-665-1212.

Power outages should be reported to National Grid by visiting, or by contacting National Grid’s customer service lines below:

  • Outage Hotline: (800) 465-1212
  • Electric Customer Service: (800) 322-3223
  • Gas Customer Service : (800) 640 – 1595

View outage reports:

Issues with telecommunications services should be reported to Verizon or XFINITY.

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