"Well nature rarely follows the script," James Maiworm of Evanston's Public Works Agency says, "and today was a reminder of that."
A storm that was expected to deliver only perhaps a tenth of an inch of sleet and ice, dropped about one-and-a-half inches on Evanston as of about 3 p.m. today.
By 4:30 p.m. or so the storm had switched over to rain, and Maiworm says little additional street accumuplation is expected.
Conditions were treacherous for pedestrians, including at the intersection of Elgin Road and Sherman Avenue.
Temperatures, now at 33 degrees, are expected to rise to a high of around 38 by 10 p.m., and then remain stable through the night with rain continuing.
Maiworms says up to an additional half inch of rain is possible — which will help melt some of the sleet that's fallen.
Public Works is currently in a full plowing operation focusing first on main roads and then secondary streets. Overnight, once crews have cleared the primary routes, Maiworm says, they will then begin working on plowing residential streets.
With winds of over 50 miles per hour, waves were crashing over the breakwater at Clark Square Park.
Since freezing rain has not occurred at this point, no reports of significant tree damage have been reported, but with strong winds expected to continue for another few hours, Maiworm says, Public Works will be alert for any tree problems that may occur.