Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Thursday

BOO! Happy Halloween, Hamilton! Too bad the most appropriate costume accessory today (all day) will be an umbrella. Traffic, news and the winner of the Fall Photo Contest! All you need for your day in the Daystarter.
The winner of CBC Hamilton's fall photo contest! Nice work, Jordan Cumberland! Taken at Tiffany Falls, Hamilton, Ontario. (Jordan Cumberland)

Happy Halloween! We're in for a wet day today, so be careful on the roads this morning.

Check out the gorgeous photo above of Tiffany Falls. Jordan Cumberland. Jordan wins the Best Use of Fall Colour contest while Debbie aka @mahchrcel wins for the Fall Fun Photo contest for her photo 'Exploring the corn maze at Parkside Farms in Waterdown.'

Thanks to everyone who cast a vote. Jordan and Debbie get a CBC Prize Pack for having Hamilton's favourite photo. We'll contact you soon, so keep an eye on your inbox! For the rest of you, coming this morning watch for details of the Halloween photo contest!

Here's a little something to get you in a spooky mood while you get ready for the day.

A wet morning, so be careful on the roads and keep headlights on for your drive today.

Public transit, both HSR and GO, running on schedule this morning.

Traffic is slow all around the city at 8:40 a.m. The Linc is moving slow in both directions, as is QEW Toronto-bound before the Skyway. That's because of a collision that happened just before the bridge. Those vehicles have moved to the left shoulder.

Upper Wellington and all the way down the Jolley Cut to the lower city is crawling. Main Street eastbound from Dundurn to Wentworth is moving slower that usual, as is King Street westbound from Wentworth to Dundurn.

A few traffic notes for your commute: the Sherman Cut is closed until 6 a.m. Friday for repair. East and westbound lanes on the Sherman Access will remain open.

A portion of Wentworth Street North will close from Wednesday to Friday for CN track repairs. Wentworth from Burlington to Brant streets will shut down, and cause the 12-Wentworth HSR bus to detour.

Here's a map of on-going construction around the city.

Rain all day, so grab an umbrella, some wellies and a rain coat on your way out the door. It's 7 C to start your morning.

Good news is it won't be too cold for Trick or Treating tonight. A high of 16 C today, going down to a low of 13 C tonight.

We'll see a cool-down tomorrow, just before the weekend hits; a high of 9 C on Friday.

A few days after U.S. Steel announced the closure of its iron and steel-making operation, the city is still talking. But the conversation is turning to what's next. On CBC Hamilton yesterday, Mayor Bob Bratina said its time to look to future opportunities. Listen to his comments, as well as comments from other Hamiltonians.

The future of schools and education is the next issues we're tackling here at CBC Hamilton. Join us today at noon for a live chat with HWDSB chair Tim Simmons. Have a question about the school closures? Email us at hamilton@cbc.ca, tweet @CBCHamilton or log onto cbc.ca/hamilton at noon to ask your question live.

So, how much has Hamilton changed in the past few decades? Here's some video proof! Check out this promotional video for the city of Hamilton, circa 1946.

Any young professionals out there looking for a Halloween party tonight, head to CLiC's annual bash at the Design Annex. CLiC is the young professional group run by the Art Gallery of Hamilton. Doors at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.


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