Good morning Hamilton! After a January that was about -4 C colder than average and some bitter, chilling winds, this -10 C morning feels practically balmy.
But be careful out on roads and sidewalks today. The freezing rain and snow that fell in and around the city over the weekend has left patches of ice over Hamilton. Drive slowly and check for ice on the sidewalks so you’re not rolling any ankles.
Relatively few issues on Hamilton roads this morning, but some ice buildup on the tracks has delayed some GO trains out of Hamilton.
The Hamilton 06:12 - Union 7:25 a.m. train trip is moving, but has been delayed 40 minutes west of Aldershot due to a malfunctioning track switch caused by ice and snow. This train will operate express from Appleby. Bronte and Oakville passengers will be accommodated on the Hamilton 6:32 a.m. - Union 7:43 a.m. train trip which is delayed 25 minutes, GO Transit says.
GO buses are running as scheduled.
Hamilton police are reporting these collisions in the city:
- Kenilworth Avenue North and Burlington Street East, 5:18 a.m.
- Romar Drive in Flamborough, 7:45 a.m.
OPP are reporting these collisions in the Hamilton area:
- Highway 403 Westbound at Dundas, two vehicle collision. One vehicle blocking middle lane. No injuries.
Rejoice! No wind chill warning this morning in Hamilton.
The sun is scheduled to start shining with a high of – 5 C, Environment Canada says. A few clouds will roll in tonight with a low of – 13 C. Temperatures are expected to hover around that mark for the rest of the week, according to the extended forecast.
At today’s public work’s committee, councillors will be discussing the city’s sidewalk snow clearing program. Considering many downtown sidewalks are slick and covered in sheets of ice, it’s a good day for it.
And Paul “Little Ray” Goulet is again making the case for an exemption under the city’s responsible pet ownership bylaw. His delegation request will be heard today.
Goulet is the owner of Little Ray’s reptile zoo, which was forced to remove many of its large crocodiles and alligators, as they aren’t allowed in the city under the current bylaw.
This great shot of a tiny kestrel comes courtesy of Rob Porter in Stoney Creek:
And meanwhile in, Russia — the luckiest parking job you've ever seen: