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Significant snow will be affecting Evanston starting later tonight. Light snow and flurries will begin falling between 7 and 8pm and begin to intensify around 10pm. Snow will then fall at varying rates until 4am Monday morning. Total snow fall expected at this time for Evanston will be around 10”. As the storm deepens winds will increase and gusts are expect to be around 35 mph from time to time. Temperatures will be in the upper twenties overnight and hold steady until falling later Sunday afternoon for a low Monday morning around 10 degrees.
Public Works has been aware of this storm threat for the past several days and has prepared all equipment and personnel for the impending long continuous shifts. All main and secondary roads have been anti-iced. The City has 3,500 tons of salt in storage and thousands of gallons of liquid material ready to use.
Public Works crews will begin operations tonight at 7pm and will work around the clock for the next few days. Operations will begin as soon as conditions require. After an initial application of salt Public Works crews will be focusing on plowing during the storm management phase and applying limited salt on main and collector roads. Efforts will be made to plow all streets curb to curb during the event as parked cars allow. Full scale cleanup will begin as the storm winds down early Monday morning and will be ongoing. The focus will be on clearing all streets in time for the morning rush hour and the start of school.
Parking restrictions are likely for Monday and Tuesday. Snowfall amounts and conditions will be monitored so as much advanced notice for any restrictions can be given.
More updates will follow.