A winter storm chalked full of heavy snow and powerful winds blew through parts of Quebec, creating treacherous conditions on streets and major highways early Monday.
The system first moved through southern Ontario and inundated the province with snow, rain and freezing rain. It then tracked into Quebec Sunday, dumping heaps of snow over places like Montreal and along the Eastern Townships.
As of 4:00 p.m EST Monday, 45 cm had already coated Quebec City, while Montreal was blanketed with nearly 20 cm.
Conditions began to severely deteriorate early Monday morning and many schools across the province closed due to the inclement weather. Bus services were also shut down in several areas.
Snowmobiles were deployed in Sherbrooke to help reach anyone that was stranded and to create a path so that emergency vehicles could get through. The snowmobiles also helped ambulance officials reach two heart-attack victims that were shovelling heavy snow Monday morning.
Police warned motorists to just stay home as visibility was next to zero throughout the day.
Some pedestrians even used snowshoes or cross-country skis to make their way around.
Prior to the heavy bands of snow, another weather system blasted the province with rain over the weekend.
Quebec Provincial Police said icy roads played a factor in four deaths on provincial highways. On Sunday, a 33 year-old man was killed after his car slid into a water-filled ditch on Highway 10 near Saint Alphonse-de-Granby. Another tragedy occurred on the same day, when a 21-year-old man flipped his vehicle and hit a semi-trailer in Montreal's West Island.
Fatal accidents were also reported in the Saguenay and Eastern Townships regions.
While the snow is set to ease through the evening hours on Monday, much of the province will be dealing with several days of clean-up after this recent winter wallop.
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With files from Andrea Stockton