The biggest snow storm of the winter season so far is expected to arrive in Evanston this afternoon and could drop four to eight inches on the city before it finally ends Sunday morning.

Edgar Cano of the city’s Public Works Agency says the storm is expected to start with flurries after 3 p.m., with the intensity of the storm pickup up around 9 p.m. to produce snowfall rates of a half to three quarters of an inch per hour.

He says crews expect to be battling winds of 35 miles per hour which will cause major snow drifts in some areas.

Snow amounts by 2 a.m. Saturday may be two to three inches.

The intense storm is expected to continue into late Saturday morning with an additional two to three inches by 11 a.m.

Snow will then diminish bringing only a trace until 3 p.m. However, strong winds will still be blowing which may cover some roads back over.

Lake effect snow may enter our area as early as 7 p.m. Saturday and may continue until 8 a.m. Sunday. That could potentially bring an additional one to two inches or more of snow depending on wind direction.

Public Works Agency staff is on alert and monitoring all forecasts, Cano says, adding that crews will be in for the duration of the storm and for any cleanup that may extend into Monday.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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