It's not a snow day, except that it pretty much is.
By RTH Staff
Published February 05, 2014
Snowfall is finally starting to taper off in Hamilton after a steady accumulation that started late last night. However, the City's Public Health Department has issued a Cold Weather Alert for this evening, meaning anticipated weather conditions are at or below -15C, or -20C with wind chill.
Public schools remained open today and afternoon school buses are running, but several extracurricular activities at the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board have been canceled. A list of event cancellations is posted on the HWDSB website.
The City of Hamilton announced that all city facilities - libraries, recreation centres, museums, municipal service centres and City Hall - will close at 3:00 PM today. See the full list of affected city facilities.
Hamilton Police Services issued a Snow Advisory Warning stating in part: "Advise motorists to drive with extreme caution when driving and to park cars in driveways or parking lots when possible."
In mid-afternoon, the police closed the Lincoln Alexander Parkway westbound between Upper Wentworth and Garth due to the high number of cars in the ditch.
The City is plowing and de-icing city streets, focusing on Priority 1 roads (being plowed and salted) and Priority 2 roads (mix of salt and sand). The City is conserving road salt due to a shortage in reserves.
Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses are all running today, though there may be delays due to the weather. GO Transit reports that some of its routes are delayed by up to 60 minutes. You can see a full list of delays.
We didn't get everywhere today, but here are some photos from around downtown and nearby neighbourhoods taken between lunchtime and mid-afternoon.
The gates to downtown Hamilton at King and Wellington
King Street by Gore Park
King and James
James Street North
Port Authority Building
John and Murray
Plows on Bay Street South
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