Evanston city crews have been preparing for a storm that’s expected to dump about 10 inches of snow onto Evanston this weekend for the past several days, says Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm.

He says all equipment and personnel are prepared for upcoming long continuous shifts and all main and secondary roads now have been anti-iced.

He says the city has 3,500 tons of salt in storage and thousands of gallons of liquid material ready to use.

Light snow and flurries are expected to begin falling between 7 and 8 p.m. tonight and start to intensify around 10 p.m. Snow will then fall at varying rates, Maiworm says, until 4 a.m. Monday morning.

As the storm continues winds will increase and gusts are expect to be around 35 mph. Temperatures will be in the upper twenties overnight and hold steady until falling later Sunday afternoon for a low Monday morning around 10 degrees.

Public Works crews will begin operations tonight at 7 p.m. and will work around the clock for the next few days. After an initial application of salt, Maiworm says, crews will focus on plowing during the storm management phase and will apply limited salt on main and collector roads.

Efforts will be made to plow all streets curb to curb during the event as parked cars allow. Full scale cleanup will begin as the storm winds down early Monday morning. The focus will be on clearing all streets in time for the morning rush hour and the start of school.

Parking restrictions are likely for Monday and Tuesday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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