James Maiworm, the City’s bureau chief of Infrastructure Maintenance, sent this update at about 3:45 p.m. on Dec. 28:
“Nature rarely follows the script and today was a reminder of that. As of 3:00pm Evanston measured about 1.5 inches of sleet that has fallen all day. The transition to rain has begun and little additional sleet accumulation is expected at this point. Overnight temperatures will continue to rise to a high of 38 degrees around 10 p.m. Temperatures will remain stable all night with rain continuing. As much as an additional half inch of rain is possible which will assist in melting some of the sleet that has fallen.
“Public Works is currently in a full plowing operation focusing first on main roads and then secondary streets. Overnight, once crews have cleared the primary routes, they will then begin working on plowing residential streets.
“Since freezing rain has not occurred at this point, no reports of significant tree damage have been reported. As strong winds will continue for another few hours Public Works will be alert for any tree problems that might occur.
“More updates will follow as necessary.”