Hamilton DayStarter: Everything you need to know Wednesday

Here's the weather and traffic information you need to get your morning going on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
The CBC Weather Centre has provided this forecast for Hamilton for Wednesday. (Cory Ruf/CBC)


  • OPP reporting poor visibility on the major roadways leading into and out of Hamilton
  • Police tell commuters to leave early, drive slowly and allow for ample space between vehicles

Snow overnight and into the morning is making for a slow, tricky commute. Leave early, drive slowly and stay alert. 

Schools, both Catholic and public, are open and buses are running. McMaster University and Mohawk College are open, while Redeemer University College is closed. 

A snowfall warning remains in effect for Hamilton on Wednesday morning, with more snow and blowing snow in the forecast. Another 10 cm is expected to fall by the afternoon. Don't say we didn't warn you. 

Police in Hamilton aren't reporting any collisions on city roads that are causing delays. However, police spokeswoman Debbie McGreal-Dinning had advice for drivers. "The biggest message is giving yourself enough time to get into work, watch your speed and spacing, and drive for the road condition," she said.

Here's a list of collisions on city roads:

  • Upper Wentworth and the Linc — Single-vehicle collision, no injuries — 7:15 a.m.

Ontario Provincial Police are reporting a number of collisions in the Hamilton area:

  • Fort Erie-bound at Centennial Parkway, Hamilton: Single-vehicle into the right ditch — 9:08 a.m.
  • Toronto-bound QEW at Jordan Rd., Lincoln: Single-vehicle collision, possible injuries — 8:55 a.m. 
  • Toronto-bound QEW on the upside of the Garden City Skyway, St. Catharines: Single-vehicle collision blocking the right lane, possible injuries — 8:50 a.m.
  • Fort Erie-bound QEW at Ontario S.t, Beamsville: Single-vehicle into the ditch — 8:39 a.m.
  • Hwy 403 eastbound at Shaver Rd., Ancaster: Single vehicle into the centre ditch, no injuries — 8:33 a.m. 
  • Eastport Dr. NB north of the lift bridge, Burlington: Single vehicle into the ditch, no injuries — 8:30 a.m.

GO Transit is reporting delays on its Lakeshore lines. The transit service asks riders to arrive 10 minutes earlier than they normally would to catch their trains and buses. 

The city woke up to, in addition to the blanket of snow, temperatures around the –6 C mark. At 7 a.m., winds around 40 km/h made it feel closer to –16 C. Environment Canada is predicting a high of –4 C for Wednesday, but prepare for more bitter cold: an overnight low of –17 C is in the forecast. 

Lows of around the –17 C mark are also expected for Thursday and Friday. 

Today at city hall, councillors are expected to appoint former Hamilton mayor Bob Morrow to temporarily fill the seat of the late Bernie Morelli. The Ward 3 councillor died in January after a long illness. 

Hamilton firefighter and avid photographer John Piercy posted this sunrise shot from balmy Panama City, Florida. Is he trying to make everyone at home jealous? If so, he's succeeded.

What should you expect when you're expecting? Prepare for the possibility that your first child won't be impressed that she's getting a younger brother, not the sister she wanted (or vice versa). This youngster's mom and dad found out the hard way.

Led by conductor Jon Washburn and renowned nationwide, professional vocal ensemble the Vancouver Chamber Choir is set to harmonize at Christ Church Cathedral on Wednesday evening. General admission tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, go to the event's page