Snow plows will be back on the streets of Evanston by this evening as the deep freeze we’re in this morning eases up and a relatively small-scale snow storm moves into town.

Temperatures this morning are still bitterly cold — minus 18 at the moment — with windchills reaching minus 35. 

But temperatures are expected to rise through the day and get close to zero after 5 p.m.

Edgar Cano of the city’s Public Works Agency says a winter storm system is expected to arrived after 3 p.m. It could bring as much as 3 inches of snow, although the heaviest accmulation is expected south of Evanstion. Best estimate is 1.5 to 2 inches here.

Cano says crews are on alert and have been scheduled for the anticipated storm.

Update 9:30 a.m.: City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says 47 people were housed at the emergency shelter overnight and many volunteers helped out.

The Levy Center and Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will be open for drop-in activities again today from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and can be used as warming centers. But most other city faciliites will be closed.

Update 9:45 a.m.: With no mail delivery again today in Evanston, property owners will have another day’s delay before getting their new tax bills.

The first installment bills are always 55 percent of your total bill for last year, so there’s no real suspense about the amount.

Payments will be due Friday, March 1. If you want to double-check the amount of your bill or pay it right away, you can do that online at the County Treasurer’s website.

Update 11:57 a.m.  Bobkiewicz says there are no plans to extend the weather-inspired free parking in the city’s three main parking garages. Free parking expires at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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