Evanston city officials say snow is expected to start falling here by late morning.

Streets and Sanitation Superintendent James Maiworm says at the start, with temperatures around 38 degrees, the snow is expected to melt as it hits the pavement.

But he adds that later in the afternoon the snow intensity will increase and the temperature will be closer to 33 or 34 which will allow snow to begin to accumulate on pavement.

Moderate snow should fall during the late afternoon until about 8 p.m. at which time the snow rates will drop off.

Snow accumulations of between two and three inches are expected during the first part of the storm.

Light snow will continue overnight and through midday Wednesday with another one inch of accumulation expected.

Public Works crews will salt streets this morning ahead of the storm. starting in the residential streets and then moving to main roads and primary routes.

“The objective for this afternoon,” Maiworm says, “is to minimize any snow pack on roads and  keep the snow routes and secondary’s cleared for rush hour.”

A snow route parking ban is possible, he says, but with warm air temperatures and melting at the beginning of the storm, actual accumulation on pavement will have to be monitored to see if conditions meet the restriction criteria.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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