Update (Feb. 8, 6:47 p.m.) The snowfall warning for London has ended. Sunny weather predicted for Saturday with a chance of rain on Monday.
Update (Feb. 8, 6:47 a.m.): The storm the London community has been warned about for the past two days arrived with a vengeance overnight. As a result, all Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board facilities are closed and needless to say, all school boards are off the road for the day.
Western University is open and all classes and activities are proceeding as normal. Fanshawe College is open as well but cautions students to use "discretion" when travelling to the school due to the snow-covered and slippery road conditions.
Other closures and cancellations include:
• Midddlesex-London Health Unit offices
• Childreach offices
•Montessori Academy of London
• Thames Valley Children's Centre
• Westervelt College
• United Way office (until noon)
• London Arts Council office
• Friday night fundraiser at Joe Kool's for Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario
• Friday night races at the Raceway at Western Fair District
• OCAA volleyball doubleheader between Fanshawe College and Niagara College postponed until Monday
London police are urging everyone to use caution when travelling and make sure to clean off their vehicles to ensure proper visibility. LTC buses are running but some flights are cancelled at London International Airport, so check before you head out.
The City of London said the main streets will be plowed by late morning and most local streets and sidewalks by late today.
More information on other closures or delays to come as the information is available.
Update (Feb. 7, 11:20 a.m.) The heaviest snow will occur during the Friday morning rush hour along the highway 401 corridor from London to the Greater Toronto area to Kingston and through the Golden Horseshoe.
Update (Feb. 7, 4:50 a.m.): The winter storm watch has been upgraded to a snowfall warning for London and surrounding regions. Keep reading for further updates as they become available.
Dust off the heavy-duty snow shovels folks, we could be in for a bumpy ride by Friday morning.
According to the weather experts at Environment Canada, an Alberta clipper could bring a couple of inches of snow by Thursday evening, but the weather is predicted to intensify overnight and into Friday.
Heavy snow is expected to blanket much of southern part of the province with amounts ranging from 15 to 25 centimetres on the ground by the time the storm moves on. Regions in the extreme southwest could receive less snow, but unfortunately this will be due to the fact it will be mixed with freezing rain and ice pellets.
Brisk easterly winds will also result in blowing snow in many areas Thursday night and Friday. Travelling conditions will deteriorate and become hazardous in the snow and blowing snow. There may be a significant impact on the commute to work on Friday morning and possibly Friday afternoon.
“There is still some uncertainty as to the exact track and intensity of the low, which will affect where the heaviest snow falls,” states a weather warning on the Environment Canada website. “However the many of latest computer models have continued to suggest a more intense version of this winter storm is possible.”
Updates on the storm will be provided as more information becomes available.