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
Many worry a new EU mission – which replaces a larger Italian effort patrolling for refugees traveling from North Africa to Europe – means more migrants will die. This year, more than 3,000 people have perished – five times as many as in 2013.
They are packed into the stinking holds of ramshackle boats. Water and food are scarce, and they are beaten by ruthless smugglers if they dare to try to reach the deck for a lungful of air. The more truculent have at times simply been thrown overboard.