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Jay Scotland's inside look at the coming storm. 2:33

Hamilton schools will be closed all day Friday and classes are cancelled. All Hamilton public library branches as well as the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA will be closed to the public today as well.

All public and Catholic schools are closed Friday. McMaster University, Redeemer College and Mohawk College are also closed. All public and Catholic schools in Halton are closed as well.

Here's a full list of schools closed in the Hamilton area.

  • McMaster University
  • Mohawk College
  • Brock University's Hamilton Campus
  • Covenant Christian School in Smithville
  • Columbia International College
  • Dundas Calvin Christian School
  • Grandview Adventist Academy in Mount Hope
  • Guido de Bres Christian High School
  • Heritage Christian School in Jordan
  • Hillfield Strathallan College
  • Jacks's and Jills' Co op Preschool in Ancaster
  • John Calvin School in Smithville
  • John Calvin Christian School in Burlington
  • John Knox Christian School in Stoney Creek
  • Lee Academy in Lynden
  • Rehoboth Christian School
  • Southern Ontario College in downtown Hamilton
  • Talk Academy in Burlington
  • Timothy Christian School

The storm is the combination of two weather systems that merged in the eastern United States. Many cities in the northeast corridor are expecting blizzard conditions on Friday. Parts of New England are predicting accumulations of up to 60 cm and Boston could see nearly a metre of snow before the storm ends.

Nearly 3,000 flights in the U.S. had been cancelled as of Thursday evening due to the storm.

The weather conditions are expected to move through Ontario on Friday. The storm will bring heavy snowfall from south-western through to eastern Ontario, parts of Quebec and Eastern Canada.

"The heaviest snow will occur during the Friday morning rush hour along the Highway 401 corridor from London to the Greater Toronto Area and through the Golden Horseshoe," Environment Canada said.

The city of Hamilton has issued a Winter Storm Warning, and says its website will provide winter control updates by 9 a.m., 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 11 p.m. over the next two days.

The Golden Horseshoe region could receive its most significant snowfall in five years, according to CBC meteorologist Claire Martin.

"It's been a long time since we've seen a snowfall this heavy," said CBC meteorologist Jay Scotland. "And we're not just looking at snow. Things will be really bad in terms of visibility for Friday morning."

Environment Canada warned commuters that blowing snow could make for hazardous travelling conditions Thursday night and Friday, with strong easterly winds, freezing rain and ice pellets possible over southwestern Ontario.