Evanston city officials say more than three inches of snow has fallen in Evanston since Saturday night and another nine inches is expected before the storm ends around 4 a.m. Monday morning.

Most of the new snow is expected to fall between now and 4 p.m. today.

Winds are expected to increase during the day today and will create blowing and drifting snow this afternoon.

Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says crews have been plowing all night. Additional crews have been added to the staff today and again for tonight to assist with operations.

Today’s operational focus will be on plowing all streets curb to curb and keeping the centers and sidewalks open.

A full downtown cleanup is expected Monday overnight but crews will begin piling snow in strategic spots to improve the parking and pedestrian conditions downtown.

Maiworm says parking restrictions are likely tonight, Monday, Monday night and Tuesday.

Update 9:05 a.m.: The National Weather Service says we’ll have blizzard conditions late this afternoon a through the evening, especially near the lake, with wind gusts of 40 miles per hour or more possible. That’s likely to create white-out conditions, with visibilities near zero.

There’s also a likelihood of minor flooding along the lakeshore from this afternoon through midmorning Monday, with large and battering waves of 12 to 16 feet.

The weather services is advising that the snow and strong windws will make travel “extraordinarily dangerous” and that people should only travel in an emergency.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Evanston Symphony concert canceled

    Because of the unsafe travel conditions, the Evanston Symphony Orchestra has canceled its concert this afternoon at Pick Staiger Concert Hall at 2:30pm. It is not safe for orchestra musicians or our audience to attend. The ESO will make every effort to reschedule this concert in May or June. We thank everyone for their understanding.

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