Snow parking regulations go into effect today in Evanston and will last through March 31. Here’s the rundown on what you need to know to keep from having your car ticketed or towed.

Snow Route Parking Ban

Parking may be banned on major streets posted with “Snow Route” signs after an accumulation of two inches or more of snow. The signs ban parking between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Emergency sirens are sounded at 8:15 p.m. on nights when the snow route ban will be in effect. A map showing snow route streets is available online.

Snow Emergencies

A snow emergency can be declared after an accumulation of four or more inches of snow. It applies to residential streets not posted as snow routes.

These streets are plowed over a two-day period. The city’s emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days.

Don’t park on the even-numbered side of streets on even-numbered days or on the odd-numbered side of streets on odd-numbered days between 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on snow emergency days.

Cars parked illegally are subject to ticketing and towing. If towed, the resident’s car will be returned to the vicinity from which it was towed.

Even if a snow emergency isn’t declared, city crews will follow the odd-even street clearing pattern for snowfall, so residents are encouraged to park on the appropriate side of the street whenever there’s accumulated snow.

You can check on whether snow parking restrictions are in effect by calling the city’s snow line at 847-864-7669.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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