Hamilton Daystarter: Everything you need to know Friday
I doubt anyone will believe me based on this morning's weather when I say tomorrow will feel almost like spring. But its true. Get ready for some wild weather changes, Hamilton!
It might be snowing now, but that'll turn to drizzle this afternoon. It's -4 C to start the day. We'll ed up with a high of 2 C, so consider that when heading out the door. Time for rain gear again?
Make sure you water your beloved plants today – it's National Houseplant Day. Give your greens some love.
Wondering how to get through the flu season? Join Hamilton's associate medical officer Dr. Hamidah Meghani for a live audio chat at noon today. Have a question for Dr. Meghani? Email email@example.com ahead of time, tweet @CBCHamilton or join us live online at noon.
The highways and roads are wet and slippery this morning, so leave extra time to get where you are going. OPP is reporting slush on the highways, heavy traffic and a number of collisions so far.
At 9:00 a.m.:
OPP is reporting a collision on the 403 WB at Main Street. One car involved. An ambulance is on its way.
Oh goodness. All the roads are slow. Leave yourself extra time to get where you're going.
Access routes down into the lower city are especially slow. The LINC is still quite backed up. The Red Hill is starting to clear.
King Street East from Kenilworth to Gage is very slow. That clears up to Victoria, but is slow again to Dundurn.
John Street coming off the access until Barton is also slow.
At 8:15 a.m.:
No delays to report on GO Transit this morning from Hamilton.
Highways are still moving slowly. It really starts now 403 EB in Burlington, with very slow spots in Oakville and again in Mississauga.
In town, the LINC and the Red Hill are again very slow this half-hour. You might want to take an alternate route if possible.
West 5th is slow moving from the LINC until you hit the access. There's a break in traffic down the access, but it pickes up again along James Street until Main.
The Jolley Cut and the Sherman Access are both moving slowly.
At 7:30 a.m.:
Traffic is very slow on the 403 EB, starting at Highway 6 South. That continues around Hamilton, through Burlington, Oakville and the rest of the drive Toronto-bound.
QEW Toronto-bound over the Skyway Bridge is also very slow and conditions are not great. Drive cautiously if that's part of your route.
Luckily, no collisions in the Hamilton area yet this morning.
In town, the LINC and Red Hill are already slow moving both ways, and there is back-up along the on-ramps to both throughways.
On local roads, traffic is slow because of the road conditions. Be prepared to drive slowly along access routes to the lower city.
It's -4 C to start your day, but feels like -6 C with the wind chill.
The snow falling right now will turn to drizzle later this morning and this afternoon as the temperature rises. A high of 2 C today.
Drizzle will continue into the evening and rain starting around midnight. The temperature is expected to be 7 C by the morning.
Here's your weekend weather:
Saturday will feel almost like spring with a high of 9 C! Rain ending early in the afternoon.
Sunday, a mix of sun and cloud. A high of 2 C and low of zero.
Hamilton Police's homicide unit is investigating a suspicious death last night. Officers found a 57-year-old man dead in an apartment building on King Street East.
Investigators are still on scene Friday morning. Watch CBC for updates later in the morning.
After weather-related flooding, St. Joesph's Charlton Street Campus has partially reopened its emergency room Thursday afternoon to patients who can walk in under their own power, but all surgery is still cancelled at the flood-damaged hospital.
St. Joe’s has been without its 12 operating room surgical suite and sterilization room since a fire hose pipe burst, flooding three floors of the hospital around 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. All surgeries at St. Joe’s are expected to be cancelled until at least Monday.
Global Spectrum Coliseum? The company managing Copps Coliseum will approach the city next week for permission to rename the arena.
Global Spectrum will appear before Hamilton’s general issues committee Wednesday with a proposal to rename the facility.
General manager Scott Warren wouldn’t say who the naming party is, but they may be at the meeting, he said.
For the day's world headlines, give CBC's AM Express a listen:
Here's some Friday fun, ICYMI. Chen Guangbiao, the Chinese tycoon trying to buy the New York Times, has an epic business card. So, the folks at slate.com decided to have some fun with it. Make your own epic business card with their generator and be just like Guangbiao.
Heading to the movies tonight? Two big ones coming out tonight. August, Osage County premiered at TIFF this year and CBC's film critic Eli Glasner said it could be a big contender during award season. Starring Meryl Steep and Julia Roberts, along with a pretty stacked cast.
Also in theatres is Her, a film about a man who falls in love with a Siri-like operating system. Starring Joaquin Pheonix. Film directed by Spike Jones.