Evanston city officials say that with more snow expected Thursday followed by extreme cold this weekend, they’ve imposed a Snow Route Parking Ban and Snow Emergency to let crews clear snow to the curb while temperatures permit.

Extremely cold temperatures make snow removal much more difficult, if not impossible. By clearing streets effectively this week, parking will be easier and more accessible in the weeks ahead.

Plowing to the curb also clears sewer openings, allowing for proper drainage when melting begins.

So, after asking for voluntary compliance with snow parking rules until now, a parking ban will be in effect on posted snow routes from 11 p.m. tonight to 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. tonight to remind residents of the ban.

Then during the day Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., snow Emergency even/odd parking restrictions apply to streets with parking on both sides that are not posted as snow routes.

Parking is prohibited on sides of the street with even-numbered addresses during the day on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

Parking is prohibited on sides of the street with odd-numbered addresses during the day on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Most streets with parking on one side only now have permanent “ODD date” or “EVEN date” signs that allow them to be plowed during Snow Emergencies.

Emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days.

Public Works crews will begin overnight snow cleanup operations in Evanston business districts tonight.

Crews will be loading and hauling away snow and ice piles, clearing parking spaces, and conducting other targeted cleanup.

Free parking now will be available in the city’s three downtown garages through Thursday night at midnight.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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