Hamilton Daystarter: Everything you need to know Friday
Snow in Hamilton. It's back, folks. Leave a bit of extra time to clean off your car this morning before you leave the house.
Depending on where you are, there could be about 2-3 cm on the ground or the snow could be falling slow and steady right now. Also leave a bit of extra time on the roads.
This is appropriate for a Friday. January 17 is national Ditch Your New Year's Resolution Day. So perhaps just put those aside this evening, enjoy the weekend, and get back to your regime by Monday. It is, after all, TGIF.
No issues to report so far on GO Transit this morning.
At 9 a.m.:
QEW Toronto-bound is still slow along that stretch between Burlington and Oakville.
At 8 a.m.:
A single car collision on the QEW Toronto-bound at Fruitland Road. No injuries.
We're starting to see some back-up on the QEW between Walkers Line and Bronte Road Toronto-bound. The 403 immediately after the York Blvd. on-ramp is also slow.
In town, King Street is slow between James and Queen.
At 7:30 a.m.:
Despite the overnight snowfall, the local highways are moving well this hour.
In town, Aberdeen is starting to get a bit heavy towards the 403.
Victoria Avenue from King Street up to Barton is slow this hour. At the base of the Jolley Cut, John Street is slow heading into the lower city.
It feels like -8 C to start your morning with the wind chill, - 1 C without.
Expect a high of 0 C later today with periods of snowfall ending by the afternoon. That temperature means most of the snow will melt.
Tonight, flurries starting again and a low of -9 C.
Here's your weekend weather:
The temperature will drop Saturday with a high of -6 C. We might see some flurries as well.
Sunday, a high of -4 C and low of -8 C. Cloudy with a 60 per cent chance of flurries.
The city is looking to hold a splashy relaunch of Hamilton's downtown farmers market this spring to improve public perception and encourage people to shop there. The market has been on the city's radar since stallholders recently told councillors that the market is in crisis – fewer shoppers and fleeing vendors. The ideal relaunch date for market vendors is March 1.
A new report shows construction is boosting Hamilton's economy. The local Chamber of Commerce, along with Central 1 Credit Union and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, released the 2014 economic outlook for Hamilton and the Niagara region. 2013 saw major projects like the Pan Am Stadium, McMaster's new downtown health science facility and the new public school board building adding construction jobs. According to the city's economic development department, construction won't let up in 2014. Fifteen new condo projects are on tap for this year, said EcDEv head Neil Everson.
For the day's national and world headlines, give CBC's AM Express a listen:
Here's what downtown is looking like this Froday morning. Thanks to Ryan McGreal for snapping a photo of the white stuff. Tweet your photos of the rest of Hamilton under the snow to @CBCHamilton!
It's the Friday movie edition of 'Check This Out.' Opening today, Kenneth Branagh's new film Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit starring Chris Pine (you'll remember him for the new Star Trek films) will fill your appetite for action. If you're looking for something more on the ridiculous side, Ride Along with Ice Cube opens today. The fiance of a cop's sister comes along for a ride along in downtown Atlanta. Apparent hilarity ensues.
The Invisable Woman is a period piece about Charles Dickens' affair with a younger woman. That premiered at TIFF last year and stars Ralph Finnes, who also directed the film.
If you want to start catching up on Oscar nominated films, 12 Years a Slave is playing at the Westdale starting today.