Heavy snow causes chaos in Slovakia

Heavy snowfall caused travel chaos in Slovakia on Friday and left some 19,000 households without power in eastern regions, local media reported.

More than 25 centimetres (10 inches) of fresh snow and blizzard conditions closed parts of a highway connecting the capital Bratislava in western Slovakia with the eastern city of Kosice, Slovakia's second largest.

Local roads and border crossings with neighbouring Poland and Hungary have also been closed.

Hundreds of cars were trapped on roads and trains were delayed.

Forecasters have said it would stop snowing by Saturday.