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.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Where are the plows on side streets

    Are other wards getting their side streets plowed?  Thayer and Reese streets have not been plowed since the snow started late yesterday.  6th Ward streets deserve to be plowed too.  One plow came up Reese Avenue before the snow started.  Was that necessary?

    1. Where are the Plows?
      I haven’t seen or heard the plows. Know it’s been one heck of a storm, but, working from home today, haven’t heard nor seen any trucks. What’s the schedule?

      1. Quit complaining

        The snow plows are out and about, doing the best they can. This was one of the worst storms we've had in a long time, and the snow plow drivers are working long hours. I had to use my snow blower and shovel 4 times in last 24 hours. If you want to complain, complain about the people who left their cars on the street and made it difficult for the snow plows to clear the streets.

      2. New To Evanston?

        You new to Evanston? They are awful at plowing and figuring out how to do it effectively. They don't even put their plows all the way to the ground, resulting in leaving about a half inch every time. Whether it snows 2ft or 2 inches, they are terrible.

      3. The plows have been out and

        The plows have been out and about, perhaps not your neighborhood street yet – as of your writing. Our neighborhood was fortunate to actually get a fairly solid curb scrape before 11am today – and with the very bright sun – we're seeing much wider, passable streets in 2015 (in our neightborhood at least) after a much greater snowfall than all of 2013-14.

    2. Major Streets Come First

      I believe the city's protocol towards plowing is to plow major streets first (for obvious reasons).  Unfortunately for you, Thayer and Reese don't qaulify as major thoroughfares.

      1. Asbury and Lake

        These major streets were completley clear at 6:00 AM.  By 8 AM, I  I witnessed many tow trucks headed west to (presumably) remove cars so that the side streets could be plowed.

        I also want to add that my neighbors and fellow citizens have done a remarkable job in clearing sidewalks.  Outliers arise such as Beth Emet and the developer of the Dempster/Asbury corner.  Long sidewalks, no clearance.

        Thanks to my neighbors for providing pedestrian access.


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