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Snow parking rules start Dec. 1

Evanston’s snow parking regulations take effect Monday, Dec. 1, and last through next March.

To avoid getting ticketed or towed, drivers need to avoid parking on snow routes at night when snow is anticipated and park on the proper side of residential streets between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. during snow emergencies.

Information on snow emergencies is available:

  • By calling the city’s snow hotline 847-864-SNOW.
  • By visiting the city website.
  • By listening to the city’s radio station, WPXZ-497, at 1650 AM.
  • By watching Evanston cable access channel 16.
  • By signing up for e-mail alerts from the city.

Snow Route Parking Bans may be declared after two-inch snowfalls. Main thoroughfares in Evanston are designated as Snow Routes and are cleared first.

Permanent red, white and blue signs are posted to indicate that parking is illegal on these streets between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. after the accumulation of at least two inches of snow.

Sirens will sound at 8:15 p.m. on nights when Snow Route Parking Bans are in effect.

Even if plows have been through, snow removal operations may require return visits by city trucks.

The fines for violating Snow Route Parking Bans are $50 plus towing and storage charges. Snow route parking bans can be in effect for one night or more, depending on the snowfall.

Community members who move their cars to nearby side streets should follow the snow clearing regulations for those side streets.

After an accumulation of four inches or more, a Snow Emergency may be declared. The city’s emergency sirens will sound at 7:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Snow Emergency days.

Snow Emergencies apply to streets with parking on both sides which are not posted as Snow Routes and are plowed over a two-day period; however, Snow Emergencies may be extended if conditions require it.

During a Snow Emergency, community members should NOT park on even-numbered sides of the streets on even-numbered days between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Additionally, community members should NOT park on odd sides of the streets on odd-numbered days between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Permanent signs indicating alternate side parking rules are found on every block that is affected.

Cars parked illegally are subject to ticketing and towing. If towed, cars will be returned to the vicinities from which they were towed.

For vehicles that are towed, the fine is $100; tickets for snow emergencies are currently $25 and are scheduled to increase to $35 effective January 1, 2009.

Most streets with parking on one side have permanent "ODD date" or "EVEN date" signs. This allows the streets to be plowed during snow emergencies.

Community members should clear their sidewalks of snow and ice and clear parking lots and driveways for which they are responsible without pushing snow into adjacent streets, alleys or sidewalks.

For more information on the city’s snow regulations, contact the city’s Streets and Sanitation division at (847) 866-2940.

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