After a balmy — for February — high temperature around 50 degrees Wednesday, the National Weather Service says we can look for showers overnight and then snow on Thursday.

Edgar Cano, acting director of Evanston’s Public Works Agency, says the city’s forecast service believes we could get a half to three-quarter inches of rain before midnight Wednesday night.

Then we can expect a wintery mix in the early morning hours with freezing rain, sleet and some snow flurries by dawn.

Precipitation should stop then until early afternoon Thursday when we can expect more snow with a total accumulation of up to three inches by 10 p.m.

Cano says that because of the rain in the forecast crews will not be able to brine or pretreat pavement and any existing residue of deicing chemicals will be washed away.

“Therefore,” Cano says, “please use caution and be mindful of conditions” overnight and during the morning commute.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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