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Evanston received 6.8” of snow yesterday. A good portion of that was lake effect which is always hard to forecast. This brings our season total so far to 66.2” of snow. 

Today’s operations will focus on supporting the snow emergency. Today is an even day so Public Works crews will be plowing to the curb on the even side of the street. Please park on the odd side of the street. 

As Public Works crews are plowing and making a serious effort to widen the streets it is inevitable that additional snow will be placed in driveways. Public Works crews will do all possible not to create extraordinary piles of snow at the ends of driveways however a serious focus must be placed on regaining the proper street width for emergency vehicles to respond if required. Many of our residential streets are very narrow at this point. 

Overnight tonight cleanup efforts will shift to the business districts. A large crew will be working to scrape snow away from the sides of the streets and around meters. This snow will be hauled away. A snow route parking ban will be in effect overnight to assist our crews in the cleanup effort in the business districts.

Public Works does expect this effort to be a multiday effort. 

Additional cleanup activities over the next few days will include loading snow from corners to regain line of sight visibility, clearing and hauling snow from cross walks prioritizing ones with crossing guard support and clearing around fire hydrants. 

Additional updates to follow