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A giant snowstorm barrelling across southern Ontario left tragedy in its wake on Friday as at least three people died amid treacherous road and sidewalk conditions.

The massive weather system also grounded flights, totalled cars and shut down schools, foreshadowing a wild weekend for Atlantic provinces that are next in the storm’s path.

The storm churned its way eastward throughout the day, painting Ontario white from Windsor through to Ottawa.

Environment Canada said most regions found themselves under 15 to 25 centimetres of snow by day’s end.

“The amounts do vary, but no one’s been left out of the snow on this one,” senior climatologist David Phillips said in a telephone interview. “I think it has followed through just as we thought.”

The storm didn’t take long to claim its first victim. Ian Wright of Hamilton Paramedic Services said an 80-year-old woman in that city collapsed while shovelling her driveway…

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