Often a safer bet than cars in inclement weather, even trains can come to a grinding halt due to the snow. An excavator clears the tracks of snow after two trains got stuck in Balkakra, Sweden, on Dec. 28, 2010. Johan Nilsson/Scanpix Sweden/AP/File
Sunbathing and amusement park rides are distant memories for MTA employees clearing snow from the Q train track in Coney Island, New York, on Dec. 28, 2010. Mary Altaffer/AP/File
An ice-covered train pulls in to the station in Berlin on Dec. 28, 2010. Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters/File
Employees of the Zwickau Transport Company remove snow with heavy equipment from the tram tracks in Zwickau, Germany, on Jan. 4. Jan Woitas/DPA/Picture-Alliance/Newscom
Workers clear a platform at the Edison train station as snow falls during a storm on Jan. 26 in Edison, N.J. Mel Evans/AP
A train is stranded as heavy snow covers the train tracks in Daisen, Japan, on Jan. 1. Kyodo/Reuters
A snowplow train runs on street car tracks in Sapporo, Japan. Kyodo/Newscom/File
A commuter gingerly boards a train in Huntington, N.Y., on Jan. 12. Alejandra Villa/Newsday/MCT/Newscom
Snow and ice don't stand a chance against this frost cutter. Imago Stock&People/Newscom
An employee of the Cologne Transport Company brings some heat to bear on the situation by de-icing the tracks with a blowtorch in Cologne, Germany, on Dec. 26, 2010. Joerg Carstensen/Newscom/File
Free and clear: A steam engine run by the Harz narrow-gauge railway chugs through an idyllic winter scene in Schierke, Germany, on Jan. 29. Patrick Pleul/DPA/Picture-Alliance/Newscom
Iraq elected a new president in the latest step toward forming a new government, as a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine on Thursday.
BySameer N. Yacoub and Qassim Abdul-Zahra, Associated Press
Iraqi lawmakers elected a veteran Kurdish politician on Thursday to replace long-serving Jalal Talabani as the country's new president in the latest step toward forming a new government. But a series of attacks killed dozens of people and Islamic militants destroyed a Muslim shrine traditionally said to be the burial place of the Prophet Jonah, underscoring the overwhelming challenges facing the divided nation.