Evanston may get its biggest snowfall in two years over the next couple of days.

Streets and Sanitation Superintendent James Maiworm says five to eight inches of snow are in the forecast for the storm that’s expected to start with flurries around 3 p.m. today.

Maiworm says that lake effect conditions could add even more to the total snowfall than what’s currently forecast.

Snowfall will continue overnight tonight with the main portion of the storm hitting in the early hours of Tuesday. Additional heavy snow is expected on and off until 10 p.m. Tuesday.

Snow will decrease in intensity Wednesday morning with some sun possible by Wednesday afternoon.

Maiworm says he expects the storm to impact the morning and afternoon rush hours Tuesday and that there’s very high probability for a snow route parking ban Tuesday night and a full snow emergency for Wednesday and Thursday.

He says the Public Works Department has been aware of the potential for this storm since last week. All equipment for snow removal is being checked and last minute repairs coordinated thru Fleet Services . Extra equipment and staff is being readied and alerted.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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