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Public Services Bureau Chief Edgar Cano has given the following update on the weekend’s weather – likely to have rain, freezing rain, sleet, snow, wind gusts and strong waves:
“A large complicated winter storm is expected to impact Chicagoland through late Saturday/early Sunday. Steady rain should develop tonight, with moderate to heavy rainfall of 1 to 2 inches possible. Winds increase toward dawn Saturday morning with a gradual fall in temperatures. Rain is expected to change to freezing rain, then sleet/snow, then to all snow. Snow could be heavy at times in the evening.”
The current Saturday timeline is this:
10 or 11 a.m.- Rain changes to freezing rain.
3-6 p.m.- Freezing rain changes to sleet/snow.
6 p.m.-3 a.m.- Changes to all snow-
Mr. Cano said the projected totals for Evanston are 0.1 to 0.3 inch of ice and 1.5 to 2.5 inches of snow on pavement.
“This has been a tricky system to track for our area as the different precipitation boundary lines keep moving. Because of this, different models are showing different totals and times. Some localized areas to our west and northwest may see more than a half-inch of ice and more than six inches of snow.
Other areas of concern with this system, Mr. Cano said, are the following:
Standing water on streets with restrictors due to heavy rains.
Tree and powerline issues due to ice and wind gusts.
Lakeshore flooding. We are currently under a lakeshore flood warning. Wind gusts close to 50-miles-per-hour can produce 15- to 20 foot waves. This can affect parks, sidewalks, and streets near the lake.
Mr. Can said City staff is even now preparing for the storm and will monitor pavement and weather conditions as well as all other concerns.
The RoundTable will post updates as they are received.