A risk of freezing rain is in the forecast for Hamilton on an otherwise snowy Saturday.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the city, warning of the possibility of freezing rain in the afternoon or evening.

“Current indications suggest that areas along and south of a line from Windsor through Hamilton towards Kingston will see snow changing to rain with a risk of freezing rain,” the agency said in an early afternoon news release.

“Rain is expected to change back to snow tonight with an additional couple of centimetres possible.”

If they do occur, periods of freezing rain are “expected to be brief,” the statement said.

A high of 2 C is in the forecast for Saturday afternoon, while a low of –3 C is expected overnight.

The snowfall is set to continue into Sunday morning. Environment Canada predicts temperatures will remain steady around the –3 C mark during the day.

The messy weather comes just days after the Hamiltonians weathered an extended cold snap. On Thursday, Hamilton emerged from a cold weather alert that lasted 11 days.

The city's medical officer of health issues the alert when current or anticipated temperatures are at or below –15 C or –20 C with the wind chill.