Evanston officials say the city got about an inch-and-a-half of snow overnight and snow is expected to continue at a moderate rate until about noon.

After that the snow is expected to taper off and end by around 6 p.m.

The National Weather Service now is predicting four to eight inches of total snowfall from the storm. Evanston Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says estimates from the city’s private weather service are a bit less — topping out at seven inches.

Compared to many snow storms this winter, temperatures are expected to be relatively high today — reaching close to 32 degrees this afternoon, with a low overnight about 10 degrees.

Maiworm says a large crew is on duty today and will plow all main, secondary and residential streets though out the day.

Tonight a snow route parking ban goes into effect at 11 p.m.

And snow emergency parking rules will be in effect on residential streets starting at 8 a.m. Sunday so crews can get those roads plowed curb to curb.

City officials are encouraging residents to park for free in the city’s downtown parking garages as a way to get cars off the street to make plowing easier.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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