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Snow emergency rules start tonight

Evanston Public Works Director David Jennings says the city will have snow emergency regulations in effect tonight through Friday.

The snow has stopped for now, after 6 to 7 inches total accumulation, Jenning said, "and our clean-up operations are in full swing.  We will tow and plow the snow routes curb-to-curb this evening and plow the even side of the residential streets tomorrow, followed by plowing the odd side Friday."

Here is the official notice:

A snow route parking banis being declared beginning tonight, Wednesday Dec. 5, at 11 p.m. and continuing through 6 a.m. Thursday morning.  Parking will be prohibited on all snow routes and violators will be ticketed and towed.  Snow routes are the major streets and are marked with snow route signs.

Also, a snow emergency is being declared for tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 6.  Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., parking will be prohibited on the even-numbered side of streets.  Violators are subject to ticketing and towing.

To remove snow and ice from the other side of the street, a snow emergency will be in effect on Friday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., which means that parking will be prohibited on the odd-numbered side of the street during that time period.  Again vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing.  The streets on which this regulation is in effect are posted with snow emergency signs.

Temperatures are expected to dip to about 10-15 degrees tonight and remain below freezing for the next several days so it is important to remove the icy buildup so people can get to their cars safely and also get out of their parking spaces.

When shoveling your walks, Jenning said, please remember to keep a full 36 inch width clear of ice and snow.  This makes your sidewalk accessible for the elderly and disabled.  Know your limitations when shoveling and stay safe.

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