High winds that reached 66 miles per hour at O’Hare Airport swept through Evanston overnight and we can expect to see some snow late Sunday and into Monday.
As of 9:30 Sunday morning there were no reports from ComEd of power failures in Evanston, although a substantial number of outages were reported across much of the Chicago area.
At least one big parkway tree in Evanston was felled by the wind, knocking out a section of the playground fence at Dewey Elementary School on Wesley Avenue.
The winds are expected to taper off as the day progresses.
The National Weather Service says we may get an inch or two of snow starting late Sunday and continuing mostly through the morning on Monday.
After that there’s no more snow in the forecast until Thursday.
Update 1:55 p.m.:
By early Sunday afternoon a city forestry crew was working to remove the fallen parkway tree from the Dewey Elementary School playground.
Acting Public Works Director Edgar Cano said that with air temperatures near 40 degrees and pavement temperatures closer to 50 degrees, he’s hoping Evanston will see an inch or less of slushy snow accumulation on the streets between midnight and 11 a.m. Monday.
But he says we could get up to two inches or so on grassy surfaces.
Update 10:30 a.m. 3/7/22:
The city’s communications manager, Patrick Deignan, says the total damage from the windstorm was ” three downed trees, three additional damaged trees and three downed street lights.”