December 17, 2016 10:06 pm
Updated: December 17, 2016 11:00 pm

Canada feels full force of winter as bone-chilling cold, heavy snowfall set in

WATCH: Much of Canada under extreme cold or snowfall warnings

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Canadians coast to coast are collectively feeling the sting of winter, with bitterly cold temperatures and heavy snowfall gripping large swathes of the country in recent days.

The tentacles of winter spared few regions of the country, with Environment Canada issuing extreme cold weather warnings for all ten provinces.

B.C. is being forced to deal with a harsh cold snap that has been blamed for at least three deaths, including that of a 51-year-old homeless woman in Chilliwack.

WATCH: Challenges of snow and cold around B.C.

The Greater Toronto Area was hit with an intense snow squall Thursday, disrupting traffic and resulting in widespread transit delays.

Snowy conditions wreaked havoc across Ontario’s roads Friday night, with emergency crews called upon to assist drivers and free up roadblocks.

WATCH: Snow storm causes havoc on Ontario roads

Montrealers meanwhile were forced to go about their holiday shopping bundled up to the gills, as snowplow trucks roved the city to clear up roads.

WATCH: Raw video: Montreal hit by snow storm

New Brunswick and Nova Scotia faced temperatures of -20C, effectively -30 or lower with windchill factored in, with wintry conditions prompting the closure of sections of the Trans-Canada Highway in Atlantic Canada.

WATCH: Extreme cold puts New Brunswickers at risk

Windchill values dropped as low as -40 in parts of Alberta, with Edmonton’s LRT stations remaining open overnight to allow people to seek refuge from the unforgiving cold.

WATCH: Edmonton and much of Alberta remain under extreme cold warning 

All this despite the fact that winter doesn’t officially kick in until next week, as reported by Global News’ Ross Lord.

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