City officials say Evanston got about two-and-a-half inches of very light fluffy snow between Monday afternoon and when it stopped falling about dawn today.

James Maiworm of the city’s Public Works Agency says crews will continue cleanup of residential streets, sidewalks and parking lots today.

The National Weather Service says that with gusty northwest winds at about 30 miles per hour we can expect some blowing and drifting of the powdery snow.

The temperature at 9 a.m. this morning was just 5 degrees, and it’s not expected to rise above 12 degrees during the day and then dip to near zero tonight.

That’s prompted Interfaith Action of Evanston to plan to open the Emergency Overnight Homeless Shelter tonight. The shelter is located at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1004 Greenwood St. Doors open for guests at 9 p.m.

City community centers and library locations will also be available during regular hours of operation to provide a place for residents to warm up.

Temperatures are expected to finally get up above freezing on Thursday, when the high is expected to be 38 degrees.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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