Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Friday

Here's the weather, news and traffic information you need to get your morning going on Friday, Feb. 7.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Hamilton, as brisk winds are expected to cause blowing snow. (CBC)

The Winter Olympic Games officially open on Friday in Sochi, with the opening ceremony scheduled at 11 a.m. ET.

CBC's live coverage of the event will start at 10 a.m. The opening ceremony will be broadcast on CBC Television and can be streamed online at CBC's Olympic website at olympics.cbc.ca.

Following the opening ceremony sports fans can expect an action-filled weekend, starting with snowboard men's slopestyle at 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by cross country ladies's skiathlon at 5 a.m. Also noteworthy: women's hockey (Canada vs. Switzerland) at 8 a.m. and figure skating team event at 10:30 a.m.

For a full schedule of the Games, stop by CBC Hamilton's newsroom at 118 James Street N. to pick up a glossy guide to CBC's multiplaform coverage of the Games.

Keep in mind that Sochi is nine hours ahead of eastern time. Many of your favourite games will take place at the wee hours of the morning. Go Canada!

  • QEW Toronto-bound at Third Line in Oakville: a disabled vehicle blocking the left lane and HOV lane. Tow truck is at the scene (8:57 a.m.).
  • Highway 401 eastbound collectors at Allen Road: a collision has cleared (8:56 a.m.).
  • QEW Fort Erie-bound at Burloak Road in Oakville: a collision has cleared (7:23 a.m.).
  • Highway 403 eastbound at Erin Mills Parkway: a collision has cleared (7:20 a.m.).

Double-digit below-freezing temperatures are expected as winter continues to grip Hamilton. A high of –13 C and a low of –20 C are in the forecast. With wind chills, however, it will feel as cold as –28 C. There is a 60 per cent chance of flurries early in the morning, followed by a mix of sun and cloud.

Environment Canada has also issued a special weather statement for Hamilton early this morning, cautioning that brisk winds will cause local blowing snow.

Strong winds — southwest winds of 30 gusting to 50 km/h — are expected this afternoon into the evening.

Blowing snow can cause hazardous conditions due to reduced disabilities, Environment Canada says.

The wind chill effect continues to Saturday, with a low of –18 C that could feel like –29 C. Environment Canada predicts it will be mainly sunny, with light snow beginning in the evening.

Temperatures will rise slightly to single digits to Sunday, with a high of –8 C. There is also a 40 per cent chance of flurries. The overnight low is forecast to be –13 C

City Council will hold a special meeting Friday to confirm the appointment of former mayor Bob Morrow as the new councillor for Ward 3. The seat was left vacant when Bernie Morelli died in January.

Three-month-old Cooper Ford is poised to be the youngest Canadian in Sochi for the Olympics, after his Olympian Kelly VanderBeek, a sports broadcaster, and David Ford, a five-time Olympian, brought him for the Games.

You can follow his journey on Twitter at @CooperGFord. Warning: adorable baby pictures overload.

A viral video that has received more than 1.8 million views on YouTube shows a highway near collision captured by a dashboard camera.

Truck driver Art Ginter was driving along a snow-covered stretch of of Highway 11 when another tractor-trailer trying to pass a snowplow came straight at him.

To avoid a head-on collision, Ginter was squeezed against several guard posts. In an interview with CBC's As It Happens host Carol Off, Ginter said he would have tumbled into a a deep revine if not for the guard posts.

Ginter estimated that his truck suffered about $25,000 damage.

A 31-year-old man from Milton has since been identified as the driver of the tractor-trailer, according to a statement from the Ontario Provincial Police.

"It was obvious from the video which has garnered a lot of attention from social media sites that this incident could have easily resulted in much more tragic circumstances," OPP's Staff Sgt. Randy Bye said in the statement.

Listen to Ginter's interview on As It Happens here.