Hamilton cold snap whacks golf, delays winter tire changes

News Apr 05, 2016 by Carmela Fragomeni The Hamilton Spectator

Darn weather. Snow tire removals are cancelled, golfing hopes are dashed and everyone is forced to cool their jets to the promise of spring.

Waking up Monday to hundreds of accidents and snow wasn't anyone's idea of an April day, despite the realities of living in this country — and Canadians knowing better than to let April fool them into thinking winter is over.

"I'm fielding calls from angry golfers," laughs Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson, adding it's all good-natured.

And Hamilton tire stores experienced many cancellations for removing and replacing snow tires.

Active Green & Ross manager David Keir at the Fennell Avenue East store said he had a slew of cancellations called Monday morning for the next three days.

"Basically, our phones are ringing off the hook."

He had eight cancellations for Monday and 10 for the next two days.

Dundas Beverly Tire & Auto service advisor Dan Hinic had three cancellations on Monday.

"The warm weather a few weeks ago had everyone anxious to get their winter tires off," he said. "Quite a few went ahead and changed their tires. I'm sure they weren't happy with this snow."

Bill Thompson, manager at the Mohawk Rd. E. Beverly Tire, drove back from vacation in Daytona right into the storm Sunday night.

"I came back to winter," he chuckles.

Everyone has been lulled into a false sense of security this spring, he says. At least 20 per cent of his customers changed their tires earlier this year.

Meteorologist Coulson says that with our milder than normal winter, "this stretch is a bit of a rude shock, certainly not a pleasant one."

Temperatures will be wintry cold Tuesday morning, despite sunshine, with a low of – 11C. The normal low this time of year is around zero, Coulson said.

And more snow is on the way for Wednesday's rush hour. The snow is expected to change into rain later in the day when temperatures are expected to rebound some.

The rain will continue, with a possible 10 to 20 millimetres falling between Wednesday and midday Thursday.

As for the rest of April, you might want to hang onto the snow tires and put the golf clubs away but handy, until at least the 15th or 16th.

According to Coulson, "Temperatures are still expected to be colder than normal to the middle of the month."

cfragomeni@thespec.com

905-526-3392 | @CarmatTheSpec

Hamilton cold snap whacks golf, delays winter tire changes

News Apr 05, 2016 by Carmela Fragomeni The Hamilton Spectator

Darn weather. Snow tire removals are cancelled, golfing hopes are dashed and everyone is forced to cool their jets to the promise of spring.

Waking up Monday to hundreds of accidents and snow wasn't anyone's idea of an April day, despite the realities of living in this country — and Canadians knowing better than to let April fool them into thinking winter is over.

"I'm fielding calls from angry golfers," laughs Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson, adding it's all good-natured.

And Hamilton tire stores experienced many cancellations for removing and replacing snow tires.

Active Green & Ross manager David Keir at the Fennell Avenue East store said he had a slew of cancellations called Monday morning for the next three days.

"Basically, our phones are ringing off the hook."

He had eight cancellations for Monday and 10 for the next two days.

Dundas Beverly Tire & Auto service advisor Dan Hinic had three cancellations on Monday.

"The warm weather a few weeks ago had everyone anxious to get their winter tires off," he said. "Quite a few went ahead and changed their tires. I'm sure they weren't happy with this snow."

Bill Thompson, manager at the Mohawk Rd. E. Beverly Tire, drove back from vacation in Daytona right into the storm Sunday night.

"I came back to winter," he chuckles.

Everyone has been lulled into a false sense of security this spring, he says. At least 20 per cent of his customers changed their tires earlier this year.

Meteorologist Coulson says that with our milder than normal winter, "this stretch is a bit of a rude shock, certainly not a pleasant one."

Temperatures will be wintry cold Tuesday morning, despite sunshine, with a low of – 11C. The normal low this time of year is around zero, Coulson said.

And more snow is on the way for Wednesday's rush hour. The snow is expected to change into rain later in the day when temperatures are expected to rebound some.

The rain will continue, with a possible 10 to 20 millimetres falling between Wednesday and midday Thursday.

As for the rest of April, you might want to hang onto the snow tires and put the golf clubs away but handy, until at least the 15th or 16th.

According to Coulson, "Temperatures are still expected to be colder than normal to the middle of the month."

cfragomeni@thespec.com

905-526-3392 | @CarmatTheSpec

Hamilton cold snap whacks golf, delays winter tire changes

News Apr 05, 2016 by Carmela Fragomeni The Hamilton Spectator

Darn weather. Snow tire removals are cancelled, golfing hopes are dashed and everyone is forced to cool their jets to the promise of spring.

Waking up Monday to hundreds of accidents and snow wasn't anyone's idea of an April day, despite the realities of living in this country — and Canadians knowing better than to let April fool them into thinking winter is over.

"I'm fielding calls from angry golfers," laughs Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson, adding it's all good-natured.

And Hamilton tire stores experienced many cancellations for removing and replacing snow tires.

Active Green & Ross manager David Keir at the Fennell Avenue East store said he had a slew of cancellations called Monday morning for the next three days.

"Basically, our phones are ringing off the hook."

He had eight cancellations for Monday and 10 for the next two days.

Dundas Beverly Tire & Auto service advisor Dan Hinic had three cancellations on Monday.

"The warm weather a few weeks ago had everyone anxious to get their winter tires off," he said. "Quite a few went ahead and changed their tires. I'm sure they weren't happy with this snow."

Bill Thompson, manager at the Mohawk Rd. E. Beverly Tire, drove back from vacation in Daytona right into the storm Sunday night.

"I came back to winter," he chuckles.

Everyone has been lulled into a false sense of security this spring, he says. At least 20 per cent of his customers changed their tires earlier this year.

Meteorologist Coulson says that with our milder than normal winter, "this stretch is a bit of a rude shock, certainly not a pleasant one."

Temperatures will be wintry cold Tuesday morning, despite sunshine, with a low of – 11C. The normal low this time of year is around zero, Coulson said.

And more snow is on the way for Wednesday's rush hour. The snow is expected to change into rain later in the day when temperatures are expected to rebound some.

The rain will continue, with a possible 10 to 20 millimetres falling between Wednesday and midday Thursday.

As for the rest of April, you might want to hang onto the snow tires and put the golf clubs away but handy, until at least the 15th or 16th.

According to Coulson, "Temperatures are still expected to be colder than normal to the middle of the month."

cfragomeni@thespec.com

905-526-3392 | @CarmatTheSpec