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Four killed in road accidents in Quebec snow storm

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A winter storm that has pummelled southern Quebec has been blamed for at least four deaths in road accidents.

The storm, expected to dump as much as 50cm (19.7 inches) of snow, blocked roads and led to school closures.

Montreal officials asked residents to use public transport rather than drive on icy roads, but warned pedestrians to be wary of snow-removal vehicles.

Authorities reported visibility had been reduced to zero on some roads in the province.

Montreal city engineer Michel Frenette told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp that 1,000 snow ploughs, trucks and other snow removal kit had been despatched to clear the city.

"This drifting snow doesn't help us," he said.

"What we ask the population is to use the public transit. If you come in by car, be careful."

On Sunday, a man died when his car slid off an icy road into a ditch near the town of Saint-Alphonse-de-Granby, local media reported.

Another man died on a highway in Montreal when his car turned over and collided with a lorry, and two others were killed in the Saguenay and Eastern Townships regions, the CBC reported.

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