Environment Canada has issued a winter storm warning with blowing snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain expected to hammer Southern Ontario.
The weather agency says a Colorado Low will cross the region Tuesday night into Wednesday creating “hazardous winter conditions.”
Blowing snow will begin during Tuesday’s morning commute and is expected to transition into ice pellets and then freezing rain in the afternoon.
The freezing rain may last for several hours before changing to rain or snow Tuesday evening.
Strong gusting winds up to 80 kilometres an hour are also expected which could cause reduced visibility due to blowing snow.
Environment Canada says Halton Region will get 15 to 25 centimetres of snow. Hamilton is expected to accumulate 10 to 20 centimetres, while Niagara Region, Haldimand, and Brant County will get as much as 8 centimetres.
CAA has offered the following tips for driving in potentially dangerous weather conditions.
- Stay on main roads. Back roads may not always be well plowed during winter storm events.
- Always keep a phone charger in your car. You can’t call for help without a charged phone and you will need battery power until help arrives.
- Avoid using overdrive or cruise control. You want as much focus and control of your vehicle as possible.
- Slow down and move over for emergency vehicles. This includes tow trucks and service vehicles.
- Stay well back when you see the blue flashing lights of a snow plow.
- Practice emergency braking to understand how your vehicle will react.If you’re stranded, call 911 for assistance. Turn on your hazards and make your vehicle as visible as possible.
- Assess if it’s safe to stay in the vehicle or wait outside. If staying in, don’t leave the car running for an extended length of time; there is a danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep your seatbelt on.
- Make sure you have the following fully stocked in your emergency kit: first aid kit, flashlight, ice scraper, small shovel, blankets, non-perishable food & water, booster cables, candles, matches, extra batteries, phone charger, and kitty litter.