Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Thursday

Here's the weather and traffic information you need to get your morning going on Thursday, Feb. 6.
The CBC Weather Centre has provide this forecast for Hamilton for Thursday. (CBC)

Hamilton is still digging out from Wednesday’s snowfall. A total of 17.4 cm fell on the city, just shy of this winter’s high of 18 cm, recorded on Dec. 14.

And Mother Nature may add to the snow cover today. A chance of flurries is in the forecast for Thursday. But more on that later.

Police are not reporting any collisions on city roads that are causing delays.

GO Transit's Lakeshore West line is reporting minor delays resulting from Wednesday's snowstorm.

Ontario Provincial Police are reporting the following collisions on Hamilton-area highways:

  • Hwy 403 EB ramp to York Blvd., Hamilton: Single-vehicle collision blocking the right lane, no injuries — 9:30 a.m. 
  • Burlington St NB ramp to Toronto-bound QEW, Hamilton: Two disabled tractor-trailers blocking a lane — 8:44 a.m.
  • Hwy 403 WB about half-way up the hill, Ancaster: Vehicle blocking right lane — 8:37 a.m.
  • Hwy 403 WB at Mohawk Rd., Ancaster: Vehicle fire on the right shoulder — 8:20 a.m.

The heavy snowfall is over, but Hamilton could see an additional sprinkling on Thursday. A 40-per-cent chance of flurries and a high –8 C is in the forecast for Hamilton. The expected overnight is –18 C, but with the wind chill, it could feel as low as –25 C.

Environment Canada predicts a mix of sun and cloud for Friday, with a high of –13 C. With the wind chill, it could feel as cold as –28 C. 

Council is one step closer to appointing former Hamilton mayor Bob Morrow as councillor of Ward 3, a position left vacant when incumbent Bernie Morelli died on Jan. 14 after a months-long illness.

Though councillors at the city’s general issues committee voted unanimously in favour of the move, some did some despite major objections, stating they would have preferred to interview more candidates.

Hamiltonian Gred Tedesco snapped this gem of Gore Park under the lights and snow. Winter isn't so bad, right?

Becoming an Olympian takes hard work and perseverance. But a good sense of humour goes a long way, too. Milton’s Travis Gerrits, a freestyle skier, is putting his playful spirit to strong use in Sochi. The following Vine video features a well-loved, very basic camera trick and the twisting, twirling exploits of Australian freestyle ski jumper Lydia Lassila. 

Eat chocolate but don't feel bad about it — because it's for a cause. The Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA) is hosting its 10th annual Chocolate Fest and Silent Auction at LIUNA Station on Thursday evening. The event will feature sweet and even savoury confections from about 20 local bakeries and restaurants. And the silent auction boasts nearly 100 items. 

The money raised goes to support services for victims of sexual assault, so consume those calories guilt-free. 

The event runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. For more information, go to Sacha.ca