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City officials say Evanston has gotten significantly more snow today than forecasts had predicted.

“In metrological terms this is called a forecast bust,” says Streets and Sanitation Superintendent James Maiworm.

“We currently have 1.75-inches of snow on the ground and can expect about a half inch more more before the snow tappers off at 8:30 p.m.” He says that’s expected to be followed just by light snow flurries overnight.

Maiworm says public works has just completed a shift change and has added extra personnel for cleanup overnight — starting with main roads and then moving onto residential streets.

“We expect cleanup to be completed overnight tonight. Our sidewalk cleanup crews will begin clean up at 2 a.m. and should have the downtown and center parking lots and sidewalks clear by rush hour Monday,” he added.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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