Nearly two feet of snow piled up in Evanston front yards and walkways. RoundTable photo


A snowfall of 18 inches recorded in Evanston at 6 a.m. on Feb. 16 and freezing temperatures are making snow removal a challenge as a snow emergency remains in effect on Feb. 16 and 17.

Crews are currently working around the clock in 12-hour shifts to clear streets, City parking lots, and park pathways. Additional City staff, including recycling collection personnel, have been redeployed to assist with snow clearing and plowing efforts. Due to the enormous amount of snow, it’s anticipated that cleanup efforts will continue throughout this week.

As of 3 p.m. on Feb. 16, the City reported the following progress in tackling the snow 16:

  • Main thoroughfares have been substantially cleared. Plows will continue to push back snow on these streets during tonight’s Snow Route Parking Ban (11 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
  • Plows are currently focusing on clearing residential streets. Snow Emergency even/odd parking restrictions remain in effect Tuesday and Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Crews have begun clearing snow from City-owned parking lots, park pathways and sidewalks adjacent to City buildings. These efforts are expected to continue throughout the week.
  • Trash and recycling collections continue to be impacted. Tuesday and Wednesday collections have been postponed.
Evanston resident Kevin L. Brown was among those who were out on Tuesday morning after an estimated 18 inches of snow fell on Evanston. RoundTable photo

       In addition to clearing snow from sidewalks and walkways, property owners and occupants are required by the City to remove snow from steps and driveways so that essential workers, including letter-carriers, first responders, and delivery drivers have a clear path to homes and businesses.

       Snow must also be cleared from around trash and recycling containers.

       The City’s Snow Shoveling Assistance Program is available to connect senior and disabled residents with volunteers who are willing to provide snow shoveling services.

       Free parking options available through Feb. 19 at locations listed at can help residents comply with Snow Route parking bans and avoid ticketing and towing. Among the options are the three City-owned garages downtown, AMITA Health Saint Francis Hospital’s parking garage, and at select City parking lots.

       Parking is prohibited on main thoroughfares designated as Snow Routes overnight on Tues., Feb. 16 at 11 p.m. until Wed., Feb. 17 at 6 a.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 Tues., Feb. 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

       Parking is prohibited on sides of the street with odd-numbered addresses on Wed., 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. Residents must follow posted signage.

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






Heidi Randhava

Heidi Randhava is an award winning reporter who has a deep commitment to community engagement and service. She has written for the Evanston RoundTable since 2016.