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Plows struggle as blizzard conditions arrive

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Snow plows were running in pairs on Evanston's main roads this morning as crews struggled to keep up with steadily falling snow and the National Weather Service declared that blizzard warning conditions were in effect.

At mid-morning on Church Street cars and even a taxi cab were following close behind one pair of plows, trying to make the most of the freshly cleared patch of road.

A lone postal truck crawled down snow-covered Wesley Avenue enroute to making a Sunday delivery at the YWCA Evanston-North Shore.

There were patches of wet pavement on Ridge Avenue — but the main north-south road was mostly slushy to snow-covered approaching Church Street.

The weather service, which had said blizzard conditions were expected to take effect starting at 2 p.m., issued an alert just before 10:30 a.m. saying they were already here. The warning urges drivers to stay off the roads — and it's led to at least one cancellation locally. The Evanston Symphony Orchestra has called off a scheduled 2:30 p.m. concert at Northwestern's Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.

Update 10:42 a.m.: The City of Evanston has declared an overnight snow route parking ban on major streets from 11 p.m. tonight until 6 a.m. Monday and again from 11 p.m. Monday through 6 a.m. Tuesday.

The city has also imposed daytime alternate-side snow emergency parking restrictions from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for residential streets on Monday and Tuesday. That means residents should park on the odd-numbered side of the street on Monday and on the even-numbered side on Tuesday.

The city is also opening its three downtown garages for free usage from now through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to help reduce the number of cars parked on streets.

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