The village of Capracotta is 4600 feet up in the mountains of central Italy. A storm on March 5 dumped just over 100.8 inches (or 8 feet, 4 inches) of snow there in 18 hours, reports the Italian weather services. The snowfall inundated the city and left some in the region without power and water.
The Italians aren't used to much snow at all. A couple of inches would be a large snowfall. A dusting is more normal. In the mountains, they are more prepared for snowfall than the rest of Italy... there have been recent large snowfalls in Puglia too, where they are not at all prepared. When in heck are they going to blow all that stuff? Ahh.... bottle it and sell it to the touristi!