Power outages warned as snow, rain & heavy winds roll into Hamilton

Published March 24, 2023 at 7:33 am

hamilton environment canada special weather statement rain snow wind power outage saturday storm

I know. This is the last thing you wanted to see just a few days after the official start of spring.

People and their vehicles may have a difficult time staying grounded this weekend. Environment Canada issued a special weather statement early Friday for Hamilton as the active weather pattern brings another storm system to the area.

Beginning Saturday morning, precipitation will likely begin as a period of freezing rain or a brief period of snow, followed by a rapid transition to a period of freezing rain.

The freezing rain may last for a few hours before changing over to showers or rain Saturday afternoon. A few millimetres of ice are possible, says Environment Canada.

In addition to the potential for freezing rain, strong winds gusting up to 70 or 80 km/h are also expected in the afternoon into Saturday evening.

“The combination of strong winds and ice build-up may lead to local power outages,” Environment Canada says.

“There remains uncertainty as to the exact location and timing of any freezing rain and the duration and location of the strongest winds,” the government agency admits. “People are advised to monitor future forecasts for additional details.”

INsauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising