Cross-Border Snowstorm Hits Eastern Canada

December 28, 2012; 6:06 AM ET
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Snow has spread into eastern Canada from the United States as a major winter storm tracked east. Prospects were for disruptions to flights and driving headaches to continue. Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City residents braced for substantial falls of snow, whipped by strong winds, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, in Ontario, Toronto, Windsor and Hamilton were working to clear away snowfall that ranged from 10 to 20 cm as of the Thursday morning commute.

Scores of flights through Toronto's Pearson International Airport, Canada's busiest, were cancelled early Thursday, the CBC News website said.

In Montreal, snow fell at a rate of 2-3 cm per hour as morning commuters made their ways to work, becoming even heavier by late morning. With 10 to 15 cm already on the ground near daybreak, residents were facing total storm snowfall of up to 30 cm by the time the storm ended Thursday night.

Snow in Toronto on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012. Photo tweeted by @jayzmiller.

Winds gusting 40 to 65 km/h were whipping the snow, causing much blowing and drifting in the open. The snowstorm was well under way in Ottawa, where up to 25 cm was on the way by evening. The windswept snow was aimed northeastward, down the Saint Lawrence Valley to the city of Quebec, where a wind-whipped snowfall of 10 to 20 cm was slated to make for tricky travel during the afternoon.

Atlantic Canada awaited the storm's punch, which was forecast to to get a broad range of adverse weather, with heavy snow from New Brunswick to Newfoundland. Farther south, a mixed bag of snow, sleet, freezing rain and even soaking rain, all of it blown about by strong winds, was expected.

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