Snow has started slowly this morning, but Evanston officials expect it to pick up in intensity later in the morning and snow heavily until about 7 p.m.
The snow is expected to taper off to light snow from 7 to 9 p.m. and then snow showers and flurries after that.
Storm total snowfall in Evanston is expected to be six to eight inches.
Streets and Sanitation Superintendent James Maiworm says public works crews have already salted the main and secondary roads and will work on the side streets this morning.
Once the heavier snow begins to fall, crews will be dedicated to both the main roads and residential streets in an effort to keep roads open and passable.
Snow-fall rates will be heavy, more than an inch per hour at times, which will make it hard to keep up during the heavier bands of snow.
This afternoon, Maiworm says, the Public Works Department is prepared to mobilize extra equipment and manpower should it be needed to clear the roads for rush hour.
Parking restrictions are still expected to be needed later tonight and the next couple of days. Decisions about restrictions will be made later today.