In China, heavy snowfall has led to the deaths of 38 people in road accidents and collapsed buildings, state-run media have reported.
The deaths included four pupils in schools that collapsed, Xinhua news agency quoted officials as saying.
Nineteen people were killed in traffic accidents that also stranded thousands of motorists, the officials said.
The deaths of thousands of pupils in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake has already raised questions of school safety.
The government promised to improve the quality of school buildings after the earthquake.