Snowstorm, winter travel advisory in forecast for Hamilton on Monday

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No less than 10 centimeters of snow will fall on Hamilton on Monday, according to Environment Canada. And it could create poor visibility and dangerous road conditions.

The agency issued a winter travel advisory for Monday, saying 5 to 10 centimeters of snow will accumulate.

It will begin Monday morning and continue into the evening, with “sometimes reduced visibility”, the forecaster said.

The cause, according to Environment Canada, is an Alberta Clipper that will bring snow from west to east and dissipate overnight.

“Motorists should expect hazardous winter driving conditions and adjust their travel plans accordingly,” the agency said. “Extra caution when walking or driving in affected areas. Surfaces such as highways, roads, sidewalks and parking lots may become difficult to navigate due to snow accumulation. There may be a significant impact on rush-hour traffic in urban areas.”

The advisory comes the same day Hamilton Public Health Services issued a cold weather alert, warning people to huddle together and stay indoors. Environment Canada says overnight temperatures are expected to drop to -22C with wind chill.

Cold Alerts are issued when temperatures drop to at least -15°C, and Environment Canada predicts an overnight low of -16°C.

The city says it has informed community organizations that work with vulnerable or homeless people. The Bennetto Recreation Center (450 Hughson St. N.) will be available as an overnight warm-up center from 5 p.m. Sunday until noon the next day and will follow those hours until the cold alert ends.

The following locations are designated warming centres:

  • Dominic Agostino Riverdale Community Center, 150 Violet Dr.
  • Huntington Park Recreation Center, 87 Brentwood Dr.
  • Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Center, 192 Wentworth Street N.
  • Westmount Recreation Centre, 35 Lynbrook Drive.

People can also visit The Hub (78 Vine St.) and the Wesley Day Center (52 Catharine St. N.), both of which have extended hours.

The city says all of these locations follow COVID-19 guidelines.

If you see someone in need of shelter, call the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 ext. 0.

On Tuesday, according to Environment Canada, Hamilton will have a mix of sun and cloud and a high of -6C.

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