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A looming winter storm should provide ample opportunities for snowmen and snow forts.

Hamilton prepares for winter blast

 By Kevin Werner, News Staff

The city of Hamilton is preparing for one of this year’s major snowstorms as it comes barreling down Southern Ontario Feb. 7 and 8.

City officials issued a winter storm warming, in preparation for a storm that could dump up to 25 cms of snow inHamilton, throughout the Niagara Region, and the Greater Toronto Area.

The last time Hamiltonwas hit with a severe snow storm Dec. 26, 2012 the city experienced major snow clearing problems, with some residents stuck in their homes for days because of unplowed streets.

EnvironmentCanadahas issued a winter warning as it tracks a low pressure system from Texas moving east across Oklahoma, and into Illinois, following a path near the south shore of Lake Erie. The low pressure system will transform into a major storm by Feb. 8, said Environment Canada.

Strong and gusty northeasterly winds of up to 60 km will result in blowing snow in many areas Thursday night and Friday morning. Travelling conditions will become hazardous Feb. 7 and 8. The heaviest snow fall is projected to occur along the Highway 401 corridor from London, to the GTA, and along the QEW through Hamilton, and the Niagara Region.

Environment Canada is estimating 14 cms of snow between Thursday and Friday, with another 5 cm during Feb. 8.

The city has already cancelled a government issues committee meeting Feb. 8, while other organizations are postponing events.

Under Hamilton’s winter control measures, roads such as the Lincoln Alexander Parkway, the Red Hill Parkway, escarpment crossings, and arterial roads are identified as priority one clearings. Sanders and plows will be out in anticipation of the snow event.

City officials are asking residents to clear sidewalks, and remove vehicles along roadways to make it easier for plows to clear snow.

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