Public Services Bureau Chief Edgar Cano issued a weather update this morning, Feb. 15, and the City of Evanston announced that snow-parking restrictions will be enforced. Residents can expect warning sirens at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on snow-emergency days.

“Updated forecasts call for up to 15 additional inches of accumulation for Evanston. Lake-effect snow and a new system will combine to drop accumulation of 9 to 12 inches of snow by 4 a.m. on Feb. 16, and 3 inches could follow from 4 a.m. till noon.  Along with high accumulation, we will be battling cold temps in the low teens and high wind gusts that can cause blowing and drifting. This is looking like a very impressive event.”

Event Breakdown

Lake effect snow totals from now till 4 a.m. Feb. 16 – 5 to 7 inches

System totals from 3 p.m. Feb. 15 to 4 a.m. Feb. 16 – 4 to 5 inches

Lake effect from 4 a.m. to noon Feb. 16 – 2 to 3 inches

Snow totals range: 11 to 15 inches

Wind gusts of 20 to 28 mph possible

Temperature range from 10 to 18 degrees throughout the event. Drop to single digits Wednesday night.

Crews are out on patrol plowing and spreading as needed and have been scheduled throughout the Event.  Updates will be sent as they become available.

Snow Parking Restrictions Declared

Updated forecasts call for 11 to 15 inches of snow in Evanston through Tuesday at noon. Evanston Public Works crews are currently out plowing and will be on hand to clear snow throughout this event.

Hazardous travel conditions are expected throughout the Chicago area;  please consider avoiding any unnecessary travel.

To facilitate snow clearing operations, the following parking restrictions will be enforced. Vehicles in violation are subject to ticketing and towing.

Snow Route Parking Ban Monday and Tuesday Night, 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.

Parking is prohibited on main thoroughfares designated as Snow Routes overnight:

  • Monday, Feb. 15 at 11 p.m. until Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 11 p.m. until Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 a.m.

Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday night to remind residents of the Snow Route Parking Ban.

Snow Emergency Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Snow Emergency even/odd parking restrictions apply to streets with parking on both sides that are not posted as Snow Routes.

  • Parking is prohibited on sides of the street with even-numbered addresses on Tuesday, Feb. 16, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Parking is prohibited on sides of the street with odd-numbered addresses on Wednesday, Feb. 17, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

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. Please follow the posted signage.

Emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days.