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We’re out of the deep freeze, but heading into sloppy weather.

Light snow and flurries this afternoon should end by 8 p.m. tonight with less than a quarter inch of new snow expected.

But tomorrow, the National Weather Service says, with temperatures rising to 38 degrees, freezing rain will turn to drizzle and steady rain and then we’ll likely have evem more rain through Saturday.

Evanston’s assistant public works director, James Maiworm, says crews are salting the current round of snow and will be monitoring icing conditions tomorrow.

Salting today will be restricted to main roads, secondary roads, around schools and other critical areas. “Although our salt supply is currently adequate and bulk supplies in the Chicago area are sufficient,” Maiworm says, “deliveries have slowed due to demand, so salt conservation seems to be a prudent strategy at this point.”

Cleanup operations continue as crews continue to respond to 311 requests and other problematic locations. Overnight snow hauling and cleanup will continue in the downtown area.

As the temperatures warm this weekend, Maiworm says, “I anticipate that streets will become slushy and additional plowing maybe required before freezing temperatures return.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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