Oak Park Ave. 9:06 a.m.

Oak Park and River Forest are readying their salt and snowplows as weather prognosticators are predicting that upwards of 20 inches of fluffy white stuff will drop on the villages tonight.

Forecasters are predicting that a couple of inches of snow will fall this afternoon before “the bottom falls out” and up to 3 inches start dropping per hour after 9 p.m., said John Wielebnicki, public works director for Oak Park. Crews were out last night after Mother Nature plopped about an inch of snow on the village, and Oak Park expects to have up to 25 snow plows on the street tonight.

Oak Park’s emergency snow removal rules went into effect last night. Residents should not park on main streets designated as snow routes, which include Augusta, Austin, Chicago, Division, Garfield, Harlem, Harrison, Jackson, Lake, Madison, North Avenue, Oak Park Avenue, Ridgeland, Roosevelt and Wisconsin from Madison to the emergency entrance of Rush Oak Park Hospital. Parking is also prohibited on portions of Marion, Ontario and North Boulevard, according to the village.

All other streets in Oak Park follow the odd-even rule: From 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., you must park on the even-numbered side of the street (east and north sides) on even dates and on the odd-numbered address side on the street (west and south) on odd dates. In commercial districts, the odd-even rule is in effect from midnight to 8 a.m. The village’s overnight parking ban also applies from 2:30 to 6 a.m.

River Forest’s parking ban was in effect, too, starting last night, according to a village press release. Residents are asked to keep their cars off the street to make way for snow plows.

As the snow starts flying, OakPark.com will be reporting all day on snow issues.

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