An overnight snow route parking ban will be in effect from 11 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Sunday morning on main roads in Evanston, and snow emergency rules will affect parking on side streets Sunday and Monday.

Signs posted on streets indicate which are covered by the overnight snow route rules or the daytime snow emergency program.

Snow route violators’ cars are subject to ticketing, towing and storage charges.

On snow emergency streets vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing. If towed, cars will be returned to the vicinity from which they were towed.

Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. tonight as a reminder of the snow route ban. They will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Sunday and Monday to announce the snow emergency parking restrictions. 

To assist plowing operations and to make parking more convenient for residents, the city is offering residents free parking in downtown garages through midnight Monday. Drivers will need to present the ticket they receive upon entering the garage to exit for free.

Update 4:03 p.m.: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says St. Francis Hospital has also agreed to provide free parking until Monday night for residents on the fifth and sixth levels of its parking garage.

Some sidewalks remained unshoveled early this afternoon.

Property owners are responsible for clearing a path at least 36 inches wide whenever there’s an accumulation of four inches of snow or more.

If you own a multi-family property, common entrances and sidewalks must remain free of ice and snow following any snow event.

Business owners are required to shovel walkways and are encouraged to use salt, sand, or ice melt to keep sidewalks clear for visitors and customers.

The City does not clear snow from sidewalks in business districts.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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