The National Weather Service says Evanston could get six inches or more of snow from a storm that is expected to arrive very early Monday morning.

The weather service forecast says snow will start around 1 a.m. Monday and continue through Monday evening, accumulating three to six inches by that time. Then we’re expected to get additional lake effect snow from Monday evening into Tuesday.

The weather service says motorists should expect difficult driving conditions through the storm, with snow-covered roads and limited visibility.

Update 4:25 p.m.: James Maiworm of Evanston’s Public Works Agency says he expects the snow to start falling about 10 p.m. tonight — earlier than the NWS forecast — and continue until about mid-day Monday before tapering off to light snow and flurries.

After a lull in the action, Maiworm says, lake effect snow is expected to start Monday night and snow on and off until Tuesday morning before ending.

He expects an inch or two of snow on the ground by the Monday morning rush hour with moderate snow falling.

Maiworm says he expects a total snowfall of four to six inches through Tuesday, but higher amounts are possible if lake effect bands stagnate over Evanston.

Actual accumulations on pavement may be less than the storm total, Maiworm says, as the warm March sun is anticipated to increase pavement temperatures into the mid 40’s Monday and Tuesday which is expected to have a significant melting effect.

Public Works has anti-iced main roads and secondary streets in anticipation of this storm and has full crews on standby for around the clock operations.

Maiworm says some form of parking restrictions are anticipated for Monday night and perhaps Tuesday and Wednesday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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