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Snowed in and trying to dig out

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Forecasters now say we're just about through the multi-day storm that's dumped around a foot of snow on Evanston. But that leaves city workers and residents with a lot of digging out to do.

Around noon today postal workers were loading up trucks at the main post office to make deliveries.

Major streets in town still had a layer of slushy snow, but motorists and CTA bus drivers were able to get through. And fortunately, traffic was light.

Workers at some downtown merchants, including Tom Thumb Hobby & Crafts on Davis Street, were trying to clear a path to the curb for their patrons.

And most — but definitely not all — of the sidewalks seemed to be in reasonably good shape.

Plows were out in force, moving the snow and spreading salt.

With crews working 12-hour shifts, there wasn't much time for rest or food. One plow driver was spotted coming out of Bennison's Bakery, which seemed like such a good idea that your photographer stopped in there, too.


Update 1:55 p.m.: Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says cleanup of the main roads and residential streets continues.

One more band of lake effect snow is expected around 2 p.m. After that, Maiworm says, crews "will put a big push on the main roads to get them ready for rush hour."

The snow emergency parking restrictions on residential streets remain in effect until 6 p.m., and he says compliance with the rules today has been good.

A snow route parking ban will go into effect at 11 p.m. and continue until 6 a.m. "This will give us the opportunity to clear all the parking lanes along snow routes and cleanup the parking areas in the business districts," Maiworm says.

Tomorrow the second day of snow emergency parking restricts on residential streets will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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