The City of Evanston has declared a Snow Route Parking Ban for tonight, Friday, Jan. 8, and a Snow Emergency for Saturday, Jan. 9. Community members are requested to park according to the red, white and blue signs on their streets to allow the City to effectively clear the snow. Emergency sirens will sound to alert community members to move their cars at 8:15 p.m. on nights that the snow route parking bans are in effect after an accumulation of two inches of snow.

During the Snow Route Parking Ban tonight, main thoroughfares in Evanston designated as Snow Routes will be cleared first, and parking is illegal on these streets between 11 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2010 and 6 a.m. Saturday, January 9, 2010.

The purpose for the snow route parking ban tonight is to facilitate snow hauling operations.  Please remember to clear all sidewalks adjacent to your property.

Even if plows have been through, snow removal operations may require return visits by City trucks. The fine for violating the Snow Route Parking ban is $50 plus towing and storage charges.

When community members move their cars to nearby side streets, they are reminded to follow the snow clearing regulations for that side street.

Snow Emergency in Effect Saturday Jan. 9

The declared Snow Emergency is between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. for Saturday, Jan. 9. Snow Emergencies apply to streets with parking on both sides which are not posted as Snow Routes.

Parking is NOT allowed on the odd-numbered sides of the street on Saturday, January 9, 2010; vehicles must be parked on the even number side of the streets.

The City’s emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency Days.   
Cars parked illegally during Snow Emergencies are subject to a $35 ticket and a towing fine of $100.  
When community members move their cars to nearby side streets, they are reminded to follow the snow clearing regulations for that side street.

Most streets with parking on one side only now have permanent “ODD date” or “EVEN date” signs that allow them to be plowed during snow emergencies.

Inquiries about snow removal should be directed to Streets and Sanitation, (847) 866-2940, or publicworks@cityofevanston.org.

For updates on Evanston’s snow situation, tune in right here at AM1650, turn on Cable Channel 16, visit the City’s web site, www.cityofevanston.org, visit the City’s Facebook/Twitter/City Blog from its home page, sign up for e-News alerts on City’s home page or call (847) 864-SNOW. 

Additional snow resources here and printable information here.