Hamilton residents woke up to a winter storm on Saturday morning, as snow and high winds blasted the city.

After reaching a low of -12 C early on Saturday morning, temperatures rose slightly, to minus -10 C, by 8 a.m. However, 40 km/h winds made it feel like -20 C.

Environment Canada predicts the snowfall will last into the evening, with wind gusts up to 60 km/h, and then taper off overnight.

CBC meteorologist Janine Baijnath says the Hamilton area can expect a total of up to 25 cm of snow on Saturday.

Hamilton may see additional snow on Sunday. The expected high for the day is -5, with clouds in the morning and a 40-per-cent chance of flurries in the morning and afternoon. A few flurries are in the forecast for Sunday evening, too, Environment Canada says. 

With the storm looming Friday, Hamilton police sent out a news release on how to drive amidst wintery conditions. Here are their tips:

  • Avoid driving in hazardous weather conditions, when possible
  • Leave earlier; give yourself more time to reach your destination
  • Leave a greater distance between you and the other traffic around you
  • Slow down
  • When stopping, give yourself double the braking distance you normally would
  • When entering a curve, brake before the curve to slow down, and then steer gradually through it
  • Make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter driving:
    • Winter tires
    • Fluids topped up, especially wiper fluid
    • Brush off snow and ice from all your windows and mirrors as well as your brake lights, turn signals and headlights
  • Keep focused on the roadway
  • No cell phones, eating, grooming or smoking to distract you from your driving