A car covered in snow is seen in the Bedretto valley, Ticino, Switzerland, on 27 December 2013. EPA/KARL MATHIS
“Snow in Switzerland is nothing new – but when a metre [3.2 feet] of new snow falls in less than 12 hours, things get difficult,” writes EuroNews.com
The hefty snows led to avalanches that killed four in the Alps, notes the Guardian.
Here are some photos of the incredible dump of snow, courtesy various wire services…
Snow plows clear the streets after the heavy snowfall Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 in Rueras, Canton of Grisons, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Arno Balzarini) The snow-covered bell tower of a church is photographed in the village of Bedretto, Ticino, Switzerland, on Friday, Dec. 27 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Karl Mathis) A group of people walk in the snow after heavy snowfall of the last hours in Sedrun, Canton of Grisons, Switzerland, 26 December 2013. EPA/ARNO BALZARINI A cross-country skier is seen at St. Margrethen mountain in St. Gall, Switzerland, on 27 December 2013. EPA/ARNO BALZARINI Snow-covered chimneys on a roof of a house photographed in the village of Bedretto, Ticino, Switzerland, on Friday, Dec. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Keystone,Karl Mathis) A car owner tries do dig out his car under the deep snow after the heavy snowfalls of the last hours, Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 in Airolo, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Keystone,Karl Mathis)
Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.