Hamilton Daystarter: Everything you need to know Wednesday
Well, it might feel downright balmy today compared to yesterday's temperatures, the wind chill will still reach minus double-digits. So once again – our advice to you – is to bundle up.
It feels like -24 C at 7:30 a.m., so those good boots and mitts are still necessary today. Make sure any kids going off to school are dressed warmly, especially if they are walking to school or waiting for the bus.
A reminder that garbage collection is CANCELLED again today. The city asks you store your materials until your collection day next week. The bag limit will be waived.
If you're a student at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Elementary School, you get to stay home today. The school is closed for repairs on a burst heating pipe. Get outside for a bit and enjoy the winter!
Updates at 9 a.m.:
QEW Toronto-bound still really slow through Burlington and Oakville, clearing after Third Line.
The 403 in Ancaster around Mohawk Road is clearing after a three-car crash around 8 a.m.
In town, King and Main are slow from Dundurn until Victoria.
West 5th from Fennell all the way down the access, and then James to Main is also still slow.
Updates at 8:30 a.m.:
We're seeing heavy traffic on the QEW Toronto-bound from Aldershot to Burloak, but that lightens up heading into Oakville. The back-up at Trafalgar because of that earlier crash is clear.
A three-car crash just after 8 a.m. on the 403 westbound at Mohawk Road in Ancaster is causing some delays in that area. Cars are in the right shoulder. No injuries to report.
In town, King Street East is moving slow from Wentworth to Queen now.
Mohawk Road from Upper Wellington to the Linc both ways are slower than normal.
Updates at 8 a.m.:
The QEW in Oakville is still moving quite slowly because of the earlier three-car crash.
The 403 eastbound is moving slowly from the Linc until it links up with the QEW.
The back-up on the Toronto-bound Skyway Bridge has since cleared.
In town, the traffic is starting to hit. James and John streets are moving slowly from the bases of the access routes to Main Street.
King Street is slow from Queen to Dundurn.
At 7:30 a.m.:
On the highways, a three-car crash on the QEW Toronto-bound at Trafalgar Road in Oakville about 30 minutes ago is causing a back-up in that area. The crash was in the left lane, and debris is scattered across all lanes. No injuries, according to the OPP.
Again on the QEW Toronto-bound at Erin Mills Parkway, a car collided with the left shoulder. No injuries.
MTO cameras show the Toronto-bound lanes over the Skyway Bridge is moving very slowly at 7:30 a.m.
No issues in town.
No delays to report on GO Transit from Hamilton.
It feels like -24 C out this morning with the wind chill, with the temperature sitting at -15 C.
The high is expected to go up to -8 C (now that's just tropical!) later this morning. A 60 per cent chance of flurries starting this afternoon and continuing until midnight. A low of -15 C overnight.
Thursday will be pretty similar to today, minus the flurries with a lot more sunshine.
Mayor Bob Bratina will make his State of the City address this morning, and our city hall reporter Samantha Craggs will be there. Follow her live on Twitter – @SamCraggsCBC.
Meanwhile, the city is still trying to calculate the costs of December's ice storm.
Staff in various departments are crunching numbers to tally the dollar value of the damage caused by a massive pre-Christmas ice storm. But they don’t have a number yet, spokesperson Mike Kirkopoulos said.
“At this point, we don’t have any specific numbers that we can share,” he said. But it likely not be anywhere close to Toronto's clean-up estimate of more than $75 million.
And meet Hamilton's newest millionaire. Kathryn Jones picked up her cheque for $50 million yesterday. The OLG tracked her down late last year. She had lost her ticket and had no idea she won the massive lottery prize.
ICYMI: Kanye West is bringing Yeezus to Hamilton. For real.
For the day's world headlines, give CBC's AM Express a listen:
The cold snap is hitting the U.S. in ways our neighbours to the south are not accustom. And a bunch of residents are getting a chance to try out a trick that's probably pretty old to Canadians: the toss-boiling-water-in-the-air-and-watch-it-freeze trick. Except, there might be a lack of skill. Matt Pearce, a reporter with the Los Angeles Times is tracking social media posts on Americans who have burned themselves trying this trick. Give it a read.
Looking for for Wednesday night jazz? I'd say, yes, please. Oakland Soul and Darcy Hepner and playing the Old Firehall Arts Centre, 334 Wilson St. East, Ancaster tonight. Performance at 8 p.m., tickets $25. Presented by Hamilton All Star Jazz.