Evanston’s Public Works Agency says a lake effect storm dropped nearly three inches of snow on us overnight and we could see two to five inches more before the storm ends this afternoon.

The National Weather Service says much of the region is experiencing dangerous travel conditions this morning with snowfall rates of as much as one to two inches per hour in northern Cook County.

The weather services says conditions will be highly variable, “potentially going from just flurries to near white-out conditions in heavy snow” over a span of just a few miles.

Travel is expected to be extremely difficult — including during this morning’s rush hour.

Edgar Cano of Evanston public works say crews are out maintaining main thoroughfares and will move into residential streets when time and conditions allow.

He says north Evanston may see higher snow totals than south Evanston given how the band of snow has set up.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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