Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning as of this morning. Rain is forecast to begin later in the day and transition to snow. Total snowfall accumulations are forecast for the City of Hamilton in the 15-30cm range before the show tapers off Friday morning.
4:49 PM EST Thursday 01 March 2018
Winter storm warning in effect for:
- City of Hamilton
Major winter storm beginning this evening with heavy snow and blowing snow.
An intense low pressure system from Texas will bring a large area of
snow with it tonight as it tracks up over Ohio into Pennsylvania tonight.
Rain, or a rain and wet snow mix will develop early this evening across the region. As the low approaches, increasing northeasterly winds will pull in colder air from the north. This will result in the rain quickly changing to snow this evening. The snow will persist through the night and may fall heavily at times. Northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will also result in areas of blowing snow giving very poor visibility at times tonight into Friday morning. Travel tonight is not advised.
Total snowfall accumulations of 15 to 30 cm are likely by the time the snow tapers off late Friday morning.
Although the worst of the conditions are expected tonight, the Friday morning commute will likely be significantly impacted as well.
The snow will end by the middle of Friday morning as the low pressure area hops across the Appalachians to the Atlantic Ocean off the New England Coast.
Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to accumulating snow. Visibility will be suddenly reduced to near zero at times in heavy snow and blowing snow. Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight.
Winter storm warnings are issued when multiple types of severe winter weather are expected to occur together.
Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to email@example.com or tweet reports using #ONStorm.