Quebec closing in on snowfall record

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Quebec closing in on snowfall record
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19 Mar 08 - Several dozen schools were expected to remain shut this week in the Canadian province of Quebec over fears their roofs may collapse under the weight of near record amounts of snow. All told, 90,000 students have been out of school in the Montreal area since Friday.

To date, some 350 cm of snow has fallen in the Montreal area, approaching a record level of 383 cm set in 1971. (Short of the record by 13 inches - and it’s only March 19.)

Some school roofs have three meters (ten feet) of accumulated snow, school board officials said. About 300 workers were using shovels, scoops and even chainsaws to cut through the snow and ice.

There has been even more snowfall in Quebec's outlying areas. The Mont Orford ski hill about 120 kilometres to the east of Montreal has had 527 cm of snowfall since the beginning of the season.

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