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Evanston officials say snow plow crews experienced whiteout conditions overnight as they tried to keep main roads clear while five-and-a-half inches of snow fell on the city.

Assistant Public Works Director James Maiworm says lake effect added to the total snowfall in many spots. Light to occasionally moderate snow is expected to continue until late morning.

Maiworm say the city had a large plow crew crew out last night and all of the main roads and secondary main road now have been plowed, along with some residential streets.

Today, he says crews will continue plowing all roads with a big focus on residential streets.

Given the amount of snow that’s fallen, Maiworm says, a snow route parking ban and snow emergency declaration is likely.

And at least two aldermen, Don Wilson, 4th Ward, and Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, have chimed in, saying they think parking restrictions will be needed to adequately clear neighborhood streets.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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