Despite another three to six inches of snow expected today, Evanston officials are only asking for voluntary compliance on snow route parking rules tonight and residential street alternate side parking rules Monday and Tuesday.

Public Works Director Suzette Robinson says plow crews will be trying to hit all residential streets today, but the primary focus will be on keeping primary routes in good condition..

Robinson says the snow is expected to end by around 7 p.m. After that, no more snow is expected until Friday, but we’ll be in for extremely cold temperatures in the meantime.

Robinson says the city is continuing work to haul snow out of the business districts. Evanston has gotten about 18 inches of snow over the last few days, and little of it has melted.

Saturday night crews hauled snow from some stretches of Central, Church, Howard, Main and Noyes streets.

The snow melting operation is making good progress, Robinson says, and crews are stockpiling snow at James Park and the Service Center.

No parking signs for snow removal operations will be posted for 6 to 9 p.m. today in the Church and Dodge business area and for 9 p.m. today to 8 a.m. Monday on Chicago Avenue from South Boulevard to Church Street.

Robinson says expected sub-zero temperatures will slow operations tonight. Snow removal will continue Monday night downtown and along Dempster Street from Hinman to Sherman avenues.

The city’s offer of free parking in downtown garages, which was scheduled to expire at midnight tonight, has been extended until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. So residents looking for a place to get their cars off the street can use the Sherman Plaza, Maple Avenue or Church Street garage.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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