Congratulations, Hamilton. You’ve made it through another bitter cold weather alert.
But don't get too comfortable. A special weather statement issued for Hamilton Tuesday afternoon warns of strong winds and significant precipitation coming late Thursday and Friday. They will come along with warmer temperatures and—are you ready? The possibility of thunderstorms.
According to the statement, warmer temperatures through the week will climax with heavy rains reaching the Golden Horseshoe Thursday evening. The rain will continue overnight, with 30 to 40mm expected. Areas hit with thunderstorms will likely get even heavier rain.
And there will be a significant snowmelt that comes with the rising temperatures, compounding any problems created by the heavy rains.
Strong wind will be a concern close to the Great Lakes as well. Southerly winds in the 30 to 60 km/h range are expected and there could be gusts up to 70-80 kms/h Friday.
The weather forecast for Hamilton is as follows:
- Tuesday night — Periods of snow and freezing drizzle before morning. Low -4 C rising to 1 C by morning.
- Wednesday — Periods of drizzle or snow in the morning and early in the afternoon. High 3 C.
- Thursday — Rain begins with a low of -7 C and a high of 3 C.
- The temperature Friday is expected to increase to 5 C, with temperatures dipping to a high of -4 C by Sunday.
The city’s Medical Officer of Health cancelled the cold weather alert earlier Tuesday. The alert was issued on Feb. 15.
Cold weather alerts are issued when temperatures dip to -15 C, or -20 C with the wind chill.
Environment Canada says meteorologists will "continue to monitor the development of these weather systems. Weather watches or warnings may be required."