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Evanston Snowfall Total Exceeds 14 Inches

As of Thursday evening, a slow-moving storm had dumped 14.1 inches of snow on the city.

Evanston streets under a blanket of snow. Photo courtesy of Kristin Neveu.
Evanston streets under a blanket of snow. Photo courtesy of Kristin Neveu.
Update, 5:30 p.m. Thursday:

Once the snowstorm that began on New Year's Eve finally ended Thursday evening, the city tallied a total of 14.1 inches of snow, according to public works director Jim Maiworm. 

Plow crews were focused on clearing the main streets and salting them for rush hour, while a large crew would come on overnight to re-plow residential streets that got hit with more snow Thursday afternoon.

Original story:


By Thursday morning, Evanston was blanketed with 11.1 inches of snow and residents could expect to see an additional inch or so fall in the afternoon, according to public works director Jim Maiworm.

Once the afternoon's band of lake effect snow had passed through, city plow crews would focus on readying the roads for rush hour, Maiworm said. 

The snowstorm that started New Year's Eve and continued through Thursday was being hailed as the largest to hit the area since the the Groundhog Day blizzard of 2011, according to the Chicago Weather Center blog

Related: Downtown Evanston Parking Garages Free Through Sunday Due to Heavy Snow; Snow Emergency Declared for Evanston


Snow could continue to fall as late as 6 p.m., with a lake effect snow warning in effect for Lake, Cook, DuPage and Will counties.  A wind chill advisory will take effect for much of the area from 9 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Friday with temperatures between -8 to -18 expected and wind chill values between -15 and -25 degrees. 

The National Weather Service reported two-day snowfall totals as of 9:25 a.m. Thursday with Gurnee topping its chart with 18 inches of snow. Here is a look at what other communities recorded for snowfall:
  • GURNEE 2W (LAKE): 18.0
  • HIGHWOOD 1S (LAKE): 15.1 
  • RIVERWOODS (LAKE): 13.8 
  • MUNDELEIN (LAKE): 13.7 
  • BUFFALO GROVE 2N (LAKE): 13.7 
  • INVERNESS 2S (COOK): 13.5 
  • BEACH PARK 1W (LAKE): 12.9 
  • ELK GROVE VILLAGE 1ESE (COOK): 12.8 
  • HARWOOD HEIGHTS 2NNE (COOK): 12.8 
  • SCHAUMBURG 2E (COOK): 12.7 
  • ARLINGTON HEIGHTS 2NNW (COOK): 12.3 
  • LAKE VILLA 1SSW (LAKE): 11.9 
  • WAUKEGAN 2N (LAKE): 11.8 
  • PARK RIDGE (COOK): 11.8 
  • ELMHURST 1ESE (DU PAGE): 11.0 
  • LINCOLNWOOD 2E (COOK): 10.8 
  • GENOA (DE KALB): 10.4 
  • BARRINGTON (LAKE): 10.3 
  • BOTANIC GARDENS (COOK): 9.7 
  • HOFFMAN ESTATES 5W (COOK): 9.4 
  • WINFIELD (DU PAGE): 9.1 
  • ELGIN (KANE): 9.1 
  • ST. CHARLES (KANE): 9.0 
  • OAK PARK 2S (COOK): 9.0 
  • HARVARD (MCHENRY): 9.0 
  • BULL VALLEY 2WNW (MCHENRY): 8.8 
  • CAROL STREAM (DU PAGE): 8.6 
  • WOODSTOCK (MCHENRY): 8.0 
  • ROCKFORD 3NE (WINNEBAGO): 8.0  
  • DOWNERS GROVE 2SE (DU PAGE): 8.0 
  • MIDWAY COOP (COOK): 7.5 
  • GENEVA 1SSW (KANE): 7.5  
  • LA GRANGE PARK 1SSW (COOK): 7.4 
  • NORTH AURORA 2NE (KANE): 7.2 
  • BURR RIDGE 2SW (DU PAGE): 7.2 
  • OAK BROOK (DU PAGE): 6.9 
  • LISLE (DU PAGE): 6.7  
  • BATAVIA (KANE): 6.7 
  • BARTLETT 1SSE (DU PAGE): 6.5
  • AURORA (KANE): 6.5
  • PLAINFIELD 2SSE (WILL): 6.3 
  • MARENGO (MCHENRY).: 6.0 
  • O'HARE (COOK): 5.8 
  • BOLINGBROOK 3NE (DU PAGE): 5.5
  • PALOS PARK 1SW (COOK).: 5.1 
  • YORKVILLE 1W (KENDALL): .4.5 
The Chicago Weather Center Blog reported the snowfall totals from reports received this morning from a snowstorm that started New Year's Eve and continued through Jan. 2. Here is a look at other snowfall totals, according to the blog: 
  • Schaumburg: 14.5 inches
  • Gurnee: 16 inches
  • Arlington Heights: 16 inches
  • Evanston: 10 inches
  • Cary: 11.8 inches
  • Mundelein: 13.7 inches
  • Wheaton: 7 inches
  • Streamwood: 11.9 inches
  • Winfield: 9.1 inches
For those heading back to work on Thursday, slippery roads slowed traffic and the Illinois State Police reported spin-outs but no major accidents, according to the Chicago Tribune. Hundreds of flights were cancelled Thursday morning at O'Hare, according to the article.
jim January 02, 2014 at 05:34 PM
I can look out my windows and see about 20 piled up on the trash cans
jim January 02, 2014 at 05:37 PM
I'd be more then happy to let someone come and measure and then shovel
jim January 02, 2014 at 06:43 PM
WHERE IS EVANSTON STREETS AND SAN? HAVEN'T SEEN TRUCK SINCE WINTER STARTED.
Heather January 02, 2014 at 08:34 PM
At home sleeping , yeah my garbage cans so full , I dont know what ?!
Jim January 03, 2014 at 09:16 AM
Did you see the City of Evanston announcement that you could be fined if you do not clear your sidewalks within 24 hours of a 4 inch or greater snowfall. The implication is that the rule includes the public way. Since the city owns the public way, I doubt that the could make that fine stick. But like good little bureaucrats, they had to send out their officious announcement. Now if only they could plow my street.
E-Towner January 03, 2014 at 09:46 AM
Thanks to all the hard working snow plow drivers in Evanston. It's a lot of snow to plow and many of the people who like to complain will complain-how many of the complainers parked their car on the street? Keep up your good work and happy plowing!
Jordan S. Zoot January 03, 2014 at 01:52 PM
There is a simple answer to the issue...merely move the cars with the plows rather than using the tow trucks. My guess is that if some of the lazy people that don't shovel their cars out got stuck with the damage from getting hit by a 20 ton plow they might do the right thing the next time. If not too bad.
Ali January 04, 2014 at 12:14 PM
I'm so angry with this town and their lack of snow removal. What is the big issue here? You drive in from Skokie, Wilmette & Chicago and once you hit Evanston, streets are not even plowed!!! The other surrounding? Plowed! Come on Evanston, get it together. 4 freaking days after the snow fall and the side streets are still unplowed??? Seriously????
jim January 04, 2014 at 07:19 PM
@Ali Earlier this winter I asked if the snow removal people knew that Evanston didn't end at Dempster. They are better this time around. But I still wonder why they moved some cars and left others in the way of totally cleaning street. South Evanston still appears to be an after thought to me as far as some services. APPARENTLY THEY THINK OUR AREA IS TAX FREE

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