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Blowing snow causes multi-vehicle pileup in Quebec, shuts down part of a major highway

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 8:05 AM -

Snow squalls and blowing snow wreaked havoc on the roads in Quebec on ​​Monday, with at least three deaths attributed to the blustery conditions.

The dangerous driving resulted in an estimated 150 traffic accidents, police say. 

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According to The Canadian Press, part of a major Quebec highway was shut down after a multi-vehicle smash-up that left seven people seriously injured and many others stranded.

Police say about 30 people were trapped in their vehicles on Highway 15 north of Montreal after numerous trucks and cars collided.

Officials were forced to use the jaws of life to free people from their vehicles.

Provincial police also reported a 20-car pileup near Levis, but there were no serious injuries there.

Snow squall watches and warnings remained in place in parts of the province early Tuesday with heavy snow and blowing snow expected to significantly reduce visibilities once again.

Motorists are being urged to adjust travel plans accordingly and check road conditions and weather forecast before heading out.

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Extreme wind chills are also expected over some areas on Tuesday.

"An arctic airmass combined with the moderate winds will cause extreme wind chill conditions over a few regions of norther Quebec this morning," says Environment Canada in the warning. "If you must go outside, dress warmly and keep dry."

With files from The Canadian Press

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