Snowstorm blankets eastern Ontario, Quebec

Richard, left, and Claire Harvey of London, England put the finishing touches on their snowman in...

Richard, left, and Claire Harvey of London, England put the finishing touches on their snowman in Major's Hill Park following an overnight snowstorm in Ottawa on November 27, 2013. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:31 PM ET

It's a winter wonderland for people in eastern Ontario and Quebec.

There were reports 25 cm of snow had fallen on the nation's capital Wednesday morning, which cancelled all school buses.

Drivers in Ottawa dealt with a mixed bag, with some streets bare and others heavily snow-covered. Police in Ottawa reported there had been dozens of crashes, but no serious injuries.

Hydro Ottawa reported several outages due to downed power lines and Ottawa International Airport reported some cancellations and delays due to the weather.

Quebec City saw a mix of rain and snow, with as much as 25 mm of rain expected in some areas.

Flurries were expected to continue Thursday as the storm system moves through on its way to Atlantic Canada, where some areas were already under a wind warning Wednesday. But the snow will turn to rain before hitting the East Coast thanks to warmer temperatures, with St. John's, N.L., forecast to hit a high of 10 C on Thursday.

The storm hitting Eastern Canada is part of a larger system moving through the U.S., which caused havoc for people travelling ahead of American Thanksgiving on Thursday.


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