Top o’ the mornin’ to ye, Hamilton! It’s St. Paddy’s Day – the greenist, most Irish day of the entire year.

Saint Patrick's feast day is recorded as being celebrated as a national day by the Irish in Europe in the ninth and tenth centuries. In later times, Saint Patrick became more and more widely known as the patron saint of Ireland.

St. Patrick’s day celebrations take place the world over outside of Ireland, from Argentina to Russia. Montreal is home to one of the biggest and longest-running St. Patrick's Day parades in North America, which has been running since 1929.

And did you know the Toronto Maple Leafs were known as the Toronto St. Patricks from 1919 to 1927 – green jerseys and all?

DayStarter Commute

All GO Transit service coming to and from Hamilton is running as scheduled today.

Here are the issues reported by police Monday:

  • A vehicle collision at Main Street East and East Avenue South. 8:21 a.m.
  • QEW Fort Erie bound ramp to Fruitland Rd, Stoney Creek: Disabled tractor-trailer blocking a ramp lane, tow truck on scene. 5:15 a.m.

DayStarter weather

Festive as the day might be, it’s a frosty one in Hamilton. As of 7 a.m., it was –15 C, with a wind chill of –24 C.

Today’s high is –3 C. It will be clear early this morning then a mix of sun and cloud with a 60 per cent chance of flurries this morning, with the wind becoming northeast 20 km/h near noon.

Tonight is expected to be clear with a low of –10 C.

Environment Canada is forecasting temperatures above freezing for the rest of the week starting on Tuesday.

DayStarter Photo

Today’s photo comes courtesy of Rob Porter:

DayStarter City News

The city has asked MTO officials to attend a Public Works meeting to talk about the Skyway project and other upcoming bridge and highway repairs. Council is worried the MTO will close the Skyway bridge during the day and cause major traffic problems.

Bed bugs and infectious diseases are also on the agenda at city hall today. Reporter Samantha Craggs will be reporting live from the meeting. You can follow along with her on Twitter.

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