Multiple Deaths Across Europe As Avalanches Hit The Alps
At least seven people have died across Germany, Austria and Italy after heavy snow blanketed the Alps over the weekend.
Two German skiers were killed in separate avalanches in Austria after more than half a metre of snow fell on the northern side of the Alps.
Despite the avalanche hazard across most of the Austrian Alps rated "high" -- the second-highest rating on the scale -- some people ventured off-piste.
The two men were buried in avalanches in Austria's Vorarlberg mountains, despite being equipped with safety gear intended to keep them above the snow surface.
In a third fatal incident in Voralberg, a Swiss snowboarder died after her head was submerged in deep snow on Sunday.
In Bavaria, a 20-year-old skier died in an avalanche on Mount Teisen, near the Austrian border, on Saturday. German police said her five companions weren't injured.
The BBC is reporting another skier's death following a tree collapse near the Bavarian town of Bad Tolz.
In Italy, a mountain rescue team reportedly found the bodies of two climbers who died in the Alps, north of Turin.
Italy is currently facing a cold snap, with snow even reaching the Mediterranean beaches and as far south as the city of Matera.
The wild weather is causing chaos across Europe, with authorities in Austria closing roads and train lines due to avalanche risk.
Hundreds of passengers were stuck for hours on a train early on Sunday near Kitzbuehel, while some 12,000 tourists were snowed in at the Saalbach-Hinterglemm resort until Sunday afternoon.
Rescue teams are continuing to search for several people missing across the Alps.
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