City officials say most areas of Evanston had received close to five inches of snow by late afternoon Wednesday and the city has declared a snow emergency.

That means parking will be banned on main roads posted as snow routes from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday.

And alternate-side snow emergency parking rules will be in effect on residential streets from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.

Parking will be banned on the odd-numbered side of streets Thursday and on the even-numbered side on Friday.

Evanston Township High School and Evanston Skokie School District 65 both plan to have a second e-learning day on Thursday.

Edgar Cano of the city’s Public Works Agency says that while there’s been a break in the snow this afternoon, up to another half inch is expected by midnight.

Then from midnight until 8 p.m. Thursday we’re expected to get lake-effect snow adding at least another 1 to 2.5 inches to the total.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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