Hamilton storm sets snowfall record for Dec. 14

Hamilton is cleaning up after a winter storm blanketed the city in snow on Saturday.

But Saturday's tally pales in comparison to big December blizzards of yore

Crews began to clear roads and sidewalks in downtown Hamilton on Saturday morning as the first big snowstorm of the season hit the city. (Cory Ruf/CBC)

Hamilton is cleaning up after a winter storm blanketed the city in snow on Saturday. 

Environment Canada says the city received 18 to 20 cm of snow, while parts of Burlington and Oakville received well over 20 cm. 

Though it wasn’t momentous by winter storm standards, Saturday’s snowfall did set a record for Hamilton.

The monitoring station at the Hamilton International Airport measured 18 cm of snow for the day. The previous record for that station, which opened in 1959, for Dec. 14 was 9 cm, recorded on that day in 2001.

The city also received around 15 cm of snow on Dec. 14, 1951, records show. 

But Saturday’s snowstorm pales in comparison to December blizzards of the past. For example, on Dec. 23, 1969, a pre-Christmas deluge blasted Hamilton with 35.6 cm of snow, nearly double Saturday’s total. 

“The odds aren't bad when you have a snowstorm — if you only have three big ones in a year — that it could break a record for a given day,” said Mark Schuster, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. 

More snow is in the forecast for Sunday. Environment Canada expects a few flurries in the afternoon, but ending in the evening. The expected low for Sunday night is -13 C.

A mix of sun and cloud is in the forecast for Monday, with a 30-per-cent chance of flurries in the afternoon. The expected high for the day is -8 C.

'Ridiculous' number of car accidents

Saturday's storm caused headaches for motorists across the province. 

This weekend, Woodford said, there have been more than 1,000 collisions on OPP-monitored roads in southern Ontario. Most of those incidents involved a single vehicle sliding off the road or into a guardrail.

"People are just driving too fast," Woodford said. "It's just ridiculous." 


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