The National Weather Services says we’ve now got well over 20 inches of snow on the ground after a major storm blew through Evanston yesterday and overnight.

The storm reportedly brought 18 inches of snow here, while away from Lake Michigan snowfall amounts were less than half that.

The storm has led to a suspension of service this morning on the CTA Purple and Yellow lines — with track switching problems at Howard Street. The agency is running shuttle buses to fill in for the train service.

Evanston city crews are still working to clear streets, as residents try to uncover their sidewalks.

The city says a snow emergency parking ban is in effect on the even-numbered sides of residential streets from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and will be in effect on the odd-numbered sides of streets during the same hours Wednesday.

An overnight ban on parking on snow routes will be in effect again from 11 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Free parking is available through Friday in city garages and several city parking lots to help get cars out of the way of the plows.

The Crown Center at 1801 Main St. will be available as a warming center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Sunday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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