Nearly 1,000 Commonwealth Edison customers in Evanston are without power at this hour in what the utility says is a storm-related outage.

The main power failure is centered along Ridge Avenue just north of Dempster Street and there are reports of three other outages affecting much smaller numbers of customers at scattered locations south of Dempster.

ComEd says it hopes to have power restored to most of the affected customers before 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, public works crews are back on the streets replowing and salting after another wave of heavy snow passed through town this afternoon.

Jim Maiworm, of the city’s Public Works Agency, says snow will begin tapering off to light snow showers and flurries and is expected to end completely around 5 p.m.

After the snow ends windy and cold conditions will cause the slushy snow to freeze with low temperature in the teens expected overnight.

Main roads are the first priority for cleanup now, Maiworm says, and then the crews will move into the residential streets. Additional crews will work overnight to complete the cleanup operation.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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