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With 44cm, St. Catharines got the most snow in Ontario storm

A plough clears snow as Toronto is gripped by a winter storm on Friday February 8, 2013.

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Environment Canada says St. Catharines takes first place for the most snowfall in Friday's blast of winter weather that wreaked havoc throughout southern and eastern Ontario.

The weather agency's preliminary tally shows 44 centimetres of snow blanketed part of the Niagara Escarpment in the city's south end.

It says southwestern Peterborough was runner-up with 41 cm, while north Waterloo and Aurora were tied for third with 40 cm each.

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The agency says snowfall generally ranged between 20 and 40 cm, with Hamilton and Toronto coming in at 30 cm and Ottawa at 20 cm.

It notes all snow warnings have been lifted for the province and while the chilly temperatures continue, much of the region is now set for clear blue skies.

The massive storm left two people dead from vehicle collisions, while an 80-year-old Hamilton woman died while shovelling her driveway.

Toronto transportation services director Peter Noehammer estimates it will cost around $4-million to clean up Friday's snow dump.

The city has lifted its extreme weather alert, while Hamilton's chief medical officer issued a cold weather alert Saturday due to freezing temperatures.

Dozens of flights in and out of Toronto's Pearson International airport were cancelled Saturday, with travellers advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

Peel District School Board has cancelled all weekend classes and community permits, while York Regional District School Board scrapped Saturday instructional classes.

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Meanwhile, Saturday LSAT law exams were called off at Hamilton's McMaster University and Toronto's York University.

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