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Southern Ontario digs out of winter blast after record breaking snowfall

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Dalia Ibrahim
Digital Reporter

Thursday, February 6, 2014, 1:49 PM -

It's business as usual across southern Ontario as the province digs out of a major winter storm. 

Schools and business were reopened after some were forced to shut down on Wednesday because of the dangerous conditions. 

Snow began Tuesday overnight over southwestern and southern Ontario, where most regions from Windsor to Toronto to Kingston received several centimetres of snow by the morning rush hour.

Snow continued to fall throughout the afternoon Wednesday, with some parts north of Toronto Pearson International Airport accumulating up to 14 cm of snow, replacing the previous daily snowfall record set back in 2011 at 11.6 cm. 

"So far this winter, Pearson has picked up 87.7 cm of snow," says Weather Network meteorologist Brian Dillon. "That's above normal for this time of year."

CLICK TO WATCH: See incredible time lapse below of how fast and how high the snow accumulated in Burlington, ON:

GO Transit was reporting one hour delays, while nearly 400 flights were either delayed or cancelled at Pearson and Billy Bishop airports. 

Meanwhile, snow-covered roads contributed to a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 401, near Trenton, sending several drivers to hospital.

OPP said about 25 tractor trailers and 10 smaller vehicles were involved in the string of collisions (west of Saint Hilaire Road) at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. 

The snowy wake-up dominated social media in the morning hours.

"At the moment there is no snow on the horizon for the next three to four days across southern Ontario," adds Dillon. 

"However, there is a storm system in the southeast United States that will be affecting the Eastern Seaboard. We’ll have to watch that for later parts of the weekend. This storm may affect southern Ontario and Atlantic Canada starting out Sunday night into Monday." 

With files from the Canadian Press

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