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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of the Chicago area, including Evanston, from noon through 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17.
The forecast, updated at 5:15 a.m. Thursday, says snow is likely, mainly after 2 p.m., with patchy blowing snow after 4 p.m. Cloudy conditions, with a temperature falling to around 23 by 5 p.m., are projected, as well as blustery winds with a north wind 20 to 25 m.p.h. and gusts as high as 35 m.p.h. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches are possible.
Thursday night there is a 50% chance of snow before 9 p.m., with patchy blowing snow before 8 p.m. Cloudy during the early evening, then gradual clearing, with a low around 12 degrees. Wind chill values as low as zero. Blustery, with a north-northwest wind 15 to 20 m.p.h, decreasing after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 m.p.h.
Take action to reduce the risk of street flooding; hazardous travel conditions expected
With melting snow and up to an inch of rain expected, followed by ice and snow, Evanston residents are encouraged to take the following actions to prevent flooding and to keep streets and sidewalks safe:
- Consider limiting your use of water over the next 24 hours. By reducing or delaying water usage that is not time-critical, such as doing laundry or washing dishes, you’ll help our sewers safely handle more stormwater.
- Clear storm drains of debris, ice and snow to reduce street flooding. Public Works crews have been working to clear drains in Evanston throughout the day.
- Clear sidewalks of snow and ice; use salt or sand to address any hazards.
- Use caution when traveling; ice is expected area-wide.
Additional updates will follow as needed.
Source: City of Evanston