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S QC lashed by record snowfall

Staff writers
December 28, 2012 — Record snowfall hit Montreal Thursday, as a low pressure system brought heavy snow and high winds to southern Quebec.

Heavy snow forecast through Friday
Heavy snow forecast through Friday

The strong winter storm that pummelled southern Ontario on Boxing Day, pushed into Quebec Thursday bringing severe conditions into parts of the province.

The low pressure system dumped as much as 50 cm in Longueuil, while walloping Montreal with up to 45 cm -- beating the city's all-time daily mark set on March 4, 1971, when 43.2 cm fell on the city.

Blowing snow made for treacherous road conditions, especially in the greater Montreal area on Thursday.

One of the worst road conditions reported was on Highway 13 north, where cars were immobilized for hours. At around 8:00 p.m. local time, crews arrived at the scene and tried to remove cars stuck in snow in order to reopen the highway.

Some residents reported taking one hour to dig their cars out of snow in Montreal
Some residents reported taking one hour to dig their cars out of snow in Montreal

About 15 km west of Trois-Rivières, police were called to a 15-vehicle pile-up. Luckily, no major injuries were reported. 

Strong winds and heavy snow left about 2,600 customers in the Laurentians without power. This latest blast of winter comes just days after another storm knocked out power to more than 100,000 thousand Hydro Quebec customers.

Officials say more than 700 Hydro workers will be out on Friday in an effort to restore all power lines.

"The system will continue to push east, bringing significant snow to the Maritimes through Friday," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. 

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