Friday, February 8, 2013
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
Check out the various ways you can make the most of your visits to Melrose Patch during the blizzard.
With a blizzard making its way toward New England, the need for up-to-the minute info is even more important. At Melrose Patch, we will be working around-the-clock to cover the storm, but as with of our reporting, the more interaction we get from users the more comprehensive our coverage will be. Melrose Patch is as much your site as it is ours. So in the run-up to the blizzard, here’s how you can use Melrose Patch: 1. Get the news. When we know about storm-related news, so will you. From important town and village announcements, damages, power outages and floods, Twitter feeds and polls, we’ll have all the news covered 24-7. To make that easier and more fun, we are introducing a new live-blogging capability, where you can get all that …
Visit Melrose Patch often for storm-related updates during the blizzard.
Check here for updates from Patch, public safety personnel and residents as Massachusetts rides out the Blizzard of 2013.
New England may be in shutdown mode as a giant blizzard barrels through the area, but the conversation is alive and well on Twitter and the rest of the Web. Follow our live chat from Friday morning through the duration of the storm for updates in your neighborhood and around the rest of the state. Patch editors will provide continuous updates, and Twitter feeds from public officials, safety personnel and residents will let you know what's happening outside your window. If you'd like to ask a question during the chat, simply add it in the comment section above. We can't get to every question but will try our best to provide as much information as we can.
Thursday, February 7, 2013
All Melrose Public Schools and St. Mary's School will be closed on Friday due to the blizzard, according to Mayor Rob Dolan's blog.
Melrose Public Schools and St. Mary's School will be closed on Friday due to the blizzard, according to a city press statement. While schools will be closed, municipal buildings, including City Hall, will shut down at noon on Friday until 7 a.m. Monday. A parking ban goes into at 5 p.m. Friday. All snow-related calls will be fielded by the City Yard at 781-665-0142.
Melrose business owners: Tell us if you'll be operating on normal business hours or if you plan to close during Blizzard Nemo on Friday and Saturday by posting a comment below.
With the area expected to get 18 to 24 inches of snow between Friday morning and Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service's forecast, we want to know: Will your Melrose business be open during the blizzard? Let us know by posting your hours of operation for Friday and Saturday in a comment below. Make sure to include your business name, address and hours of operation in your comment.
The Melrose Department of Public Works is preparing for a potentially historic blizzard expected to hit the city on Friday.
The Melrose Department of Public Works is preparing for a potentially historic blizzard expected to hit the city on Friday. As of Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a Blizzard Watch for Middlesex County and much of Massachusetts from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. The Melrose area is expected to receive 18 to 24 inches of snow during the blizzard, according to the NWS forecast. Melrose DPW Director John Scenna and his team are gearing up in anticipation for blizzard-like conditions. "We spend the majority of our winter season preparing for worst case situations. Based on forecasts, this appears to be one of these events," Scenna said in an email to Melrose Patch. "Preparation is key in these types of …
Between 12 and 24 inches of snow accumulation is expected, beginning Friday morning.
Thursday, February 7
As of 3:19 p.m. on Wednesday, the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Watch for Middlesex County and much of Massachusetts from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. According to NWS, much the state will be impacted by heavy snow with accumulation of 12 to 24 inches with the potential for blizzard conditions. The NWS previously forecast 14 to 18 inches in the Melrose area. That total has been increased to 18 to 24 inches in the latest forecast. (See photo.) Light snow is expected to begin by Friday morning and increase in intensity throughout the day with the heaviest snowfall occurring Friday night into Saturday morning. Snowfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour are possible during that time. Residents should be aware that…
Check out the Melrose Patch 5 Things column for Thursday, Feb. 7.
Here is the Melrose Patch 5 Things column for Thursday, Feb. 7: 1. Blizzard is afoot: The Melrose area is expected to be walloped by 12 to 24 inches of snow during a blizzard Friday through Saturday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service's forecast. 2. DPW gears up for blizzard: The Melrose Department of Public Works is ramping up efforts in prepartion for blizzard-like conditions Friday morning through Saturday afternoon. 3. In case you missed it: Mayor Rob Dolan's request for a 26 percent pay increase was approved this week by the Melrose Board of Aldermen. 4. Open mic night at Ab Fab: Sign-up starts at 7 p.m. Thursday and music kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Absolutely Fabulous in Melrose. 5. Travel info: Want traffic updates …