While the USA proper has only 16% snow cover, Europe is not that lucky. Alaska, lots of snow …
The BBC reports:
Heavier than usual snowfall and high winds have caused chaos on roads and railways in many areas of Austria.
Part of a major railway route has been shut down in the west of the county, and some villages and tourist resorts have been cut off.
Up to 1.2 metres (4ft) of fresh snow has been recorded in some areas since Thursday.
The authorities say the probability of avalanches is extremely high and widespread.
The railway line that connects Oetzal, close to Innsbruck in Tyrol, and Bludenz in the far west of the country has been shut and is expected to remain closed until Sunday afternoon, says the BBC’s Bethany Bell in Vienna.