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12/16/2007

Bitter winter storm hits Central, Eastern Canada

BREAKING STORM NEWS
CANADA
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The view from the warmth of globeandmail.com reader Dave Moore's kitchen in Oakville, Ont., at the height of Sunday's storm. (Dave Moores)

TORONTO — Much of Ontario and large parts of Quebec are being battered by a massive winter storm that's whipping up icy winds and dumping near-record amounts of snow.

Environment Canada warned Sunday that the "hit and run" storm could drop up about 30 centimetres of snow in Ontario and as many as 60 centimetres in some areas in Quebec.

Air travel was crippled Sunday by the storm and flights at Toronto's Pearson International Airport — the busiest in the country — were cut by 50 per cent. Most flights from the United States, but also from Ottawa, Windsor, London and Kingston, Ont., were cancelled and many international flights were delayed.

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