Not only Europe is getting walloped by winter, so are some regions in China, where the most snow has fallen in 30 years.
The early snowstorms have isolated herdsman living in remote areas, see map, and Chinese relief services dispatched assistance.
According to China.org.cn:
Snow storms has hit four towns in Xing’an Prefecture, a pasture region about 1,500 km northeast of the regional capital, Hohhot, since last Saturday.
Snow has accumulated up to 30 cm deep in most parts of the region and a meter in some areas.
The snow was 40 days earlier than its usual arrival time and was the heaviest in 30 years. At least 700 heads of livestock are believed to have died in the storm.
And more here: Winter in China
UPDATE: Record cold in the UK. h/t: M White