Hamilton Daystarter: Everything you need to know Thursday

Here's your news, weather and commute information for Thursday, March 20, the first official day of spring.
Flurries are in the forecast for the first day of spring. (CBC)

Though it may not feel like it, Thursday is the first day of spring.

The winter was a rough one, apparently the coldest since Seinfeld was in its prime and Major League Baseball players last went on strike.

Take a moment to congratulate yourself today, for getting through all the shovelling, all the traipsing through knee-high snow, and the regularly leaving 20 minutes early for work to make sure you showed up on time.

It’s over now. Or is it?

GO Transit is reporting delays of up to 25 minutes on its Lakeshore West line, especially on its eastbound trains, as a result of switch malfunctions.

Ontario Provincial Police aren’t reporting any collisions causing delays on Hamilton-area highways.

Cruelly, flurries are in the forecast for the first day of spring. Environment Canada says the snowflakes will be accompanied by 40 km/h winds gusting up to 60 km/h. The temperature is expected to stay steady during the day at around 1 C.

A 60 per cent chance of flurries and a low of –6 C is expected for the overnight period.

Mostly sunny skies and a high of 5 C are in store for the daytime of Friday. But a 60 per cent chance of snow or freezing rain is in the forecast for the evening, Environment Canada says. 

Remember when the city fired 21 road crew workers amid allegations of fraud and time theft? Not only did the alleged misbehaviour cost city hall a pretty penny; legal fees to deal with grievances stemming the dismissals have turned out to be expensive, too.

And did you hear? A three-kilometre stretch of two-way bike lanes on Cannon Street is one step closer to reality. During a meeting of the city’s general issues committee on Wednesday, councillors voted to approve the $1.6-million plan — though some members had reservations. The proposal is likely to get final assent at a council meeting on March 26.  

It's spring and the flowers are trying to sprout. So is Hamilton's nascent Pan Am Stadium. Will it be in full bloom by spring? Take a look at Twitter user Karen Celeste's photo and decide for yourself. 

How did a Wheel of Fortune finalist nail this nearly impossible clue on Wednesday's edition of the show? Was it divine intervention? Luck? Incomprehensible genius? Perhaps we'll never know.