Alaska buried in snow!

Snow!!! in Cordova, Alaska, USA, 07 January 2012 (Anchorage Daily News)

Alaska, America’s so-called Last Frontier, is not usually as snowy as many think especially the coastal areas which often get much more rain than snow thanks to the relatively warm Pacific Ocean.

But the Alaskan National Guard has arrived to dig out the coastal town of Cordova, which has seen 3 metres (10 feet) of snow in only a week.

Snow drifts in the town of 2,000 have trapped some residents in their homes.

Roofs have collapsed yet no injuries have been reported so far in Cordova.

Alaska officials have declared a state of emergency with so many storms in such a short period of time.

Further north, U.S. Coast Guard and Russian vessels are attempting to reach Nome, which has been cut off by ice and is facing a fuel shortage.


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