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The National Weather Service now says there’s a chance that areas near Lake Michigan, like Evanston could get up to a foot of snow from a storm that’s expected to start around 9 p.m. this evening and continue through the same time Sunday night.

The forecast says snow totals across most of the region are expected to range from 5 to 10 inches — with a chance of isolated heavier amounts near Lake Michigan.

Snow covered roads are expected to make travel difficult on the roads and significant disruptions to air travel are also likely.

Strong northeast winds are expected to develop Sunday afternoon and continue into the evening, leading to blowing and drifting of the freshly fallen snow.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says the city officials are waiting for an updated forecast due around noon to finalize their plans for responding to the storm.and expect to have more information available on that by mid-afternoon.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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