Happy Friday, Hamilton.

And welcome back to the (relative) warmth. A high of 9 C is in the forecast for Friday, less than three days after the city was still under a cold weather alert.

But alas, it’s spring. Residents woke up to rain, and more is expected for the day.

So when the showers stop for a moment, go out and enjoy the balmy temperatures.

The wintry weather appears to be over — fingers crossed. 

DayStarter Commute

GO trains along the Toronto-bound corridor of the Lakeshore West line are experiencing delays up to 30 minutes because of signal issues between Hamilton and Aldershot. For more information, visit GO Transit's service updates page

Ontario Provincial Police aren’t reporting any collisions on highways in the Hamilton area.

DayStarter weather

The rain on Friday is expected to end by midday. After that, Environment Canada says, cloudy skies are store for the rest of the day, with a 30 per cent chance of rain in the evening. A high of 9 C is expected for the day. 

Temperatures are set to dip below the freezing mark overnight, with a low of –3 in the forecast for early Saturday.

The weekends look like it will be a mixed bag. Saturday is expected to be cloudy, with a high of 5 C and a 40 per cent chance of rain or wet snow in the late afternoon. A cooler but sunny Sunday is in store for Hamilton. Environment Canada’s forecast calls for clear skies and a high of 3 C for the day. 

DayStarter City News

A Hamilton mom is angry after special needs students at Parkview Secondary School went without the help of a scribe, an accommodation afforded to those children under their individual education plans, during the writing of the provincial Grade 10 literacy test. She says several may have failed because the board didn’t send enough educational assistants.

A Hamilton dog breeder has been sentenced to 170 days in jail after 17 dogs died in his care. The sentence is one of the longest anyone in Hamilton has ever received for animal cruelty charges, says Vivian Laflamme, the program manager for animal protection and advocacy at the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA.

DayStarter Photo

Being stuck on a train has its silver linings. Case in point: While on a delayed eastbound GO Train out of Hamilton on Friday morning, commuter Tom Perry snapped this gem:

DayStarter internet

Any day is good day for funny dog videos, right? Today's instalment features Leonardo, a boxer who goes apoplectic not at the sight of an intruder or a menacing larger canine, but at a dry leaf fluttering in the windowsill. Enjoy.