Ah snow … it’s falling again in Evanston this afternoon. Update 3:50 p.m.: The city’s declared a snow route parking ban for tonight. No parking on posted major streets from 11 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Wednesday.

A snow plow rounds the corner from Maple Avenue onto Noyes Street this morning.

City snow plows were out on the streets this morning, and while many roads were still snow-covered at noon. City officials said we’ve had about 3.5 inches of snow so far and are expected to get more tonight.

Wish snow season was over? Well, there’s a lot more to slop through. The Chicago Tribune this morning said that by this time of year the region typically has seen just 37 percent of the total snowfall it will get over a winter season.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. There are going to be some angry residents in the morning

    I was out shoveling snow in front of my house near the Civic Center right at 11 pm this evening.  Looking out on Ridge I saw an army of police cars and tow trucks poised to tow.  At least 30 cars were towed off of Ridge between Foster and Noyes from 11 and 1130 pm.    I presume dozens more were towed as the flotilla proceeded north towards Central.

    Yes, a parking ban had been declared.  Given the volume of cars on the street, it seems that few were aware of this. Should they have checked?  Probably.  But what concerned me was the fact that once all of the cars were removed, it was clear that there was virtually no snow to be plowed.  I don’t know if the streets were less congested earlier in the day and plows had gotten through or whether the salt had had its effect, but the streets were essentially clean to the curb.  I pointed out to one of the officers overseeing the operation that it didn’t seem that there was any need to be towing, given the situation.  His reply? "Yeah, that’s true, but a snow emergency is in effect.  Besides, there are some areas where it’s worse than what we have here". 

    I don’t think that such a labor intensive operation (that collectively ended up costing car owners thousands of dollars in tickets and tow fees) is justified when there is no snow to be plowed.  Isn’t someone empowered to make decisions about where plowing is really needed, rather than subjecting everyone to the hook because the law says it can be done?  Evanston really needs to be a bit more plow-friendly…


  2. Bogus

    This is bogus as hell! The City decided they missed the opportunity to make some money couple of weeks ago, and now with 3.5 inches of snow they are taking advantage of the people. As a new resident of Evanston, this gives me a bad taste of City of Evanston. We were gone all day at work and the street, particularly our block where cars were parked, was clear. There was no snow to be cleared because the plows went through all day, and snow stopped when we returned home around 6pm.  I am absolutely outraged that they towed our cars. 


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