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A snow route parking ban is in effect for Evanston tonight as snow continues to fall at a moderate rate.

James Maiworm, the city’s streets and sanitation superintendent, says three inches has fallen so far at the municipal service center and snow is expected to continue at a moderate rate until 7 or 8 p.m. and then gradually lighten to snow flurries by 10 p.m.

He says extra public works crews are on duty to make sure all roads have been plowed and are open for residents to get home from work.

Road conditions are passable, he says, with the main roads slushy and the residential streets snow cover but plowed.

Additional parking restrictions may go into effect tomorrow if needed.

Emergency sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. to remind community members to move their cars

Not sure what streets are snow routes? Check the map.

Parking will be illegal on snow routes between 11 p.m. on tonight and 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Even if plows have been through, snow removal operations may require return visits by city trucks. The fine for violating the Snow Route Parking ban is $50 plus towing and storage charges.

Update 8:40 p.m.: In addition, snow emergency parking rules will be in effect from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

Those rules apply to streets with parking on both sides which are not posted as snow routes.

Parking is not allowed on the even-numbered side of the street on Wednesday, and not allowed on the odd-numbered side of the street on Thursday.

The city’s emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on snow emergency days.

Cars parked illegally during snow emergencies are subject to a $35 ticket and a towing fine of $100.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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