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February blizzard: Your photos


Staff writers

February 11, 2013 — Parts of Canada and the U.S. are digging out from a record-breaking snow that grounded flights, cut power to thousands and caused a slew of car accidents. We've put together a slideshow of photos from the weekend, as submitted by you.

Heavy snow coated trees
Heavy snow coated trees

It was a weekend of wild weather.

More than 50 cm of snow in parts of Canada and 100 cm in the U.S. brought some communities to a virtual halt.

Here's a recap of what happened.

ONTARIO

An Alberta clipper, mixed with a Texas low, made for a wintry weekend in Ontario and Quebec.

Southern Ontario was blanketed in snow, with amounts from 20 cm to 40 cm. Schools were closed and power lines downed.

In some places, roads were transformed into skating rinks. More than 350 car accidents were reported in Ontario, and the C.A.A. received a reported 4,500 service calls on Friday, resulting in wait times of up to an hour.

Toronto hasn't seen a snowfall exceeding 15 cm since December 19, 2008.

QUEBEC

The storm that blasted southern Ontario also brought significant snowfall to southwestern Quebec.

Parts of the region saw up to 20 cm of snow while strong winds caused blowing snow and dozens of car accidents.

Snow coated the roads, causing some cars to spin out.

One major highway was closed Friday morning following a crash involving 5 vehicles.

Ducks in the snow (Cambridge, Ontario, courtesy: Marty L.)
Ducks in the snow (Cambridge, Ontario, courtesy: Marty L.)

ATLANTIC CANADA

The clipper was then absorbed into a powerful Nor'easter that barrelled through Atlantic Canada.

Parts of the region saw up to 30 cm of snow.

Greenwood, Nova Scotia saw 51 cm accumulate by Saturday evening, smashing the daily snowfall record of 13.7 cm, set back in 1952. In some places, wind gusts topped 100 km/h, creating whiteout conditions.

Nova Scotia Power said that more than 20,000 customers were without electricity on Saturday. In New Brunswick, more than 1,000 people were in the dark at the height of the storm.

ACROSS THE BORDER

State-side, a jaw-dropping 100 cm of snow fell in Connecticut. The storm is being blamed for at least 9 deaths.

More than 100,000 people in Massachusetts were without power this weekend, and officials are warning it could be days before service is fully restored.

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