After a mild snowstorm that dropped a estimated 7 to 10 cm of snow over the last 24 hours, Hamilton and area is now preparing for a cold snap on Friday.
Hamilton’s medical officer of health has issued a cold weather alert going into the weekend, with wind chill values around -20 C expected.
Environment Canada‘s forecast calls for clouds on Friday and sun on Saturday with temperatures dropping each night including a windchill.
Highs over the next two days will be around -8 C and lows between -11 C and -14 C.
“We get into some sunshine for a time, but that temperature will remain on the cold side,” Global News Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell said.
“We’ll get a warming trend back above freezing by the middle of next week.”
The new cold weather alert has now activated five city-run recreation centre warming locations at Bennetto on Hughson Street, Dominic Agostino Riverdale on Violet Drive, Huntington Park on Brentwood, Norman Pinky Lewis on Wentworth North and Westmount on Lynbrook Drive.
All will be open to the public including those considered vulnerable and experiencing homelessness. A full list of options can be seen on the city of Hamilton’s website.