Winter storm blasts Hamilton

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

Police share tips on how to drive safely when it's snowing

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 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


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