Hamilton Daystarter: Everything you need to know Tuesday

Here's your news, weather and commute for Tuesday, March 18.
Here's a look at your weather for Tuesday, March 18. (CBC)

Good morning Hamilton! It seems that the cold snap we’ve been enduring is over (for now), so enjoy some weather north of freezing, for a change. There is a risk of freezing rain for Wednesday, though.

And if you were born today, you’re sharing a birthday with some big names: musicians Charlie Pride, Queen Latifah and hockey giant Zdeno Chara are all celebrating birthdays.

GO Transit isn’t reporting any issues on routes connecting to Hamilton this morning.

Here’s what police are flagging on the roads on Tuesday:

  • Traffic on Fiddler's Green Road and Brook Road East in Ancaster. 8:25 a.m.
  • A collision on Barton Street East. 8:18 a.m.
  • Traffic on the Red Hill Valley Parkway at Greenhill to the Linc. 7:59 a.m.
  • A collision at Wentworth Street North and Burlington Street East. 5:48 a.m.

It was –5 C as of 7 a.m. in Hamilton, with an expected high of 5 C today. Expect mostly clear skies on Tuesday.

But a low-pressure system is set to arrive from the U.S. on Wednesday. This system has the potential to bring freezing rain Wednesday morning to Lake Huron east to the Golden Horseshoe and Central Ontario.

Untreated road surfaces may become slippery for your morning commute. The band of freezing rain will change over to rain during the day on Wednesday as temperatures climb above the zero degree mark. A high of 6 C is expected on Wednesday.

This shot of the sunrise comes from MPP Ted McMeekin as he was heading to work this morning from Waterdown.

Today at city hall, councillors will be discussing the downtown built heritage inventory, and medical marijuana facilities. You can follow along with reporter Samantha Craggs on Twitter for updates.

Hamilton’s bed bug problem is nearing an epidemic, and the city is spending nearly half a million dollars to try to deal with it. The city has seen a 600-per cent increase in bed bugs since 2006. City hall fields about 600 calls per year about them, and that’s not including homeowners or people who don’t report it.

On a much less disgusting front, food truck culture has also just gotten a little more widespread in Hamilton now that they’re allowed to sell in the city’s public parks. For a daily fee of $50, food trucks can set up shop at six local parks, including Bayfront, Pier 4 and Sam Lawrence. The move is part of a summer-long pilot project.

Finally, someone convinced Superman to wear a GoPro: