Ringing in the New Year with snow


It looks like Evanston residents will be ushering out 2013 and greeting the new year with snow falling on their heads.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory effective from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 10 a.m. Wednesday, with three to five inches of snow expected.

Evanston's Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says we'll get a bit of a preview tonight — with light snow starting around 8 p.m. and ending in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Just a half inch is expected from that storm.

Maiworm says the Tuesday-Wednesday storm will be much larger — and he's expecting it to last longer than the weather service is estimating — perhaps until 10 p.m. Wednesday — and then with some additional lake effect snowfall on Thursday.

He's estimating as much as eight inches total snowfall for the week — with the heaviest snowfall from noon until 10 p.m. on New Year's Day.

Maiworm says parking restrictions are a definite possibility with this storm — most likely occur on Thursday.

He says public works crews are standing by for a multiple-shift event.

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