Evanston is expected to get some snow on Christmas Eve — but how much we’ll get is still very uncertain.

Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says the possible winter storm may cause significant disruption to travel.

Rain is predicted to begin around 5 a.m. Wednesday and may become mixed with snow around 11 a.m., changing over to all snow around 1 p.m., with snow continuing to fall until 7 p.m.

But, Maiworm says, many factors may limit the amount of snow that actually accumulates. Pavement temperatures are currently around 50 degrees. The air temperature is expected to be above freezing during the entire event and the winds are expected to be off the warm waters of the lake.

With all of those factors in place, predicted accumulation totals range from one to eight inches.

Public Works crews are on standby now, with operations expected to start at mid-morning Wednesday and extend through the night on Christmas Eve if necessary.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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