Evanston city officials say the snow that started falling earlier this afternoon is now expected to total between one and two inches before it starts tapering off around 8 tonight.

Streets and Sanitation Superintendent James Maiworm says the city is adding extra crews to assist in managing the storm thru the rush hour.

Roads in and around the downtown area are slushy as the heavy, wet snow continues to fall.

Update 9:10 p.m.: The heaviest of the snow accumulation is over. Light snow/ flurries will continue on and off until midnight with lighter accumulations possible.

As of 6:45p.m. 1.7 inches of snow was measured in the Public Works Yard.

Maiworm says public works crews expect to have all the main and secondary roads clear and side streets passable for the morning rush hour, with cleanup continuing through the day Friday on residential streets.

No parking restrictions are expected at this time.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. When not to shovel

    This was probably a rare case where it was not best to shovel last night.  Even when walks were cleared bone-dry by 9 PM or possibly later, this morning they were sheets of ice that would be almost impossible to clear.  It was much safer [but perhaps not easier] to walk on the sidewalks that had not been shoveled or on the grass.  Perhaps the best alternative last night would have cleared off a layer but not down to the bare walk. 

    I saw a couple of people who first shoveled  this morning and could get their walks bone dry but they said the caked snow was hard to dislodge but do able.

  2. From what I hear, there’s

    From what I hear, there's this stuff called 'salt' that takes care of ice. All you have to do is spread a little bit of it after you shovel.

  3. Shoveling after the storm—Not !

    So many people did not shovel even Sunday that many walks are still ice if not snow covered.  I don't know how the city [police, aldermen, etc.] can miss this and snow fall after snow fall and year after year never take action.  Again laws on the books that people know they can ignore—and expect the city to ignore all the other laws [many silly, many pure harassment] they pass.

    I could name names but probably this would not be posted.

    One however on east Noyes is so bad every year that neighbors post on their fence things like

    "Congradulations you have been voted the most inconsiderate neighbor on the block.'

    Water on the sidewalks [even properly shoveled] is probably something nothing can be done about but makes people walk in the streets.

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