5th January 2019
8 people have died in avalanches & accidents due to heavy snowfall in the Central Alps. It follows avalanches in Norway and N America. UPDATED
The storm in Europe is turning up.
It’s been a heavy weekend and Monday of snow, and 8 people have died in the Alps.
Another two people are still missing.
Snow has trapped hundreds of tourists in alpine villages in Austria, and one village has been evacuated.
Another metre+ is expected in parts of Austria and Germany before the weekend arrives and avalanche warnings remain high.
A 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman who went missing while snowshoeing near Salzburg were found dead.
Rescue teams are still out searching for two others who are missing after they went snowshoeing near Hohenberg, Lower Austria.
In Germany, a tree branch heavy with snow fell and hit a 44-year-old man in Wackersberg in Bavaria, who died from his injuries.
On Monday, authorities reported that a woman buried by an avalanche last week in Uri, Switzerland, died on Saturday due to her injuries.
Also on the weekend, three skiers in Austria were killed by avalanches and one woman in Bavaria died in a weather-related incident.
The avalanche danger in the southern Alps is at Level 4: the second highest warning level.
The Hochkar alpine road and the entire Hochkar skiing region in Lower Austria were closed because of the high risk of avalanches.
Residents and visitors were asked to leave the village and region by the end of Monday.
Read more here of the snow and forecast:
Road conditions were treacherous across much of Germany and Austria.
The alpine country has said that it is preparing mountain teams and helicopters for possible rescue missions.
TDN news – road clearup
MONDAY 7TH JANUARY UPDATE
A 20-year-old skier in Germany died on Saturday in an avalanche on Mt Teisen, close to the Austrian border.
The woman was skiing with five others, who escaped unharmed.
Near the town of Schoppernau, Austria, a 26-year-old man was reported to have died on Sunday after being struck by an avalanche.
Schoppernau, Tiroler Tageszeitung
Two other people were killed in weather-related incidents, including a 44-year-old man who was hit by tree branches that came down under the weight of the snow.
Two climbers died on Mount Cristalliera in the Italian Alps north of Turin.
Around 40 rescuers are still searching for a pair of snowshoers that went missing near the town of Hohenberg, Lower Austria, reported APA, an Austrian news agency.
Police in Norway released the names of four skiers – a 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, ages 29, 32 and 36 – who are presumed dead after an avalanche was reported Wednesday in Tamok valley, near the northern city of Tromsoe.
Sunday morning saw hundreds of passengers stuck after a tree, heavy with snow, crashed onto the tracks near Kitzbuhel, Austria.
The Associated Press news agency reports, around 14,000 households were left without electricity for a period in northern Austria due to damaged power lines.
However, authorities have roads closed, train lines have been affected due to avalanche risks, airports have been disrupted and people have been left stranded.
It’s the same news with heavy snow in parts of Germany and Switzerland, too.
Dangerous conditions were reported across the northern Alps.
Last week an avalanche in northern Norway has lead to ongoing operations to recover 4 people.
Read on below for our update from Saturday 5th.
Over in North America, there has been reported the death of one in an avalanche in the San Juan Mountains.
Four others were rescued on Saturday night after the group was caught in the avalanche on Red Mountain Pass, western Colorado.
Planes are de-iced causing delays in Austria
SATURDAY 5th JANUARY
HOPES FADING FOR 4 MISSING IN NORWAY AVALANCHE
A woman from Sweden and three men from Finland are missing after an avalanche in northern Norway.
Bad weather has hampered the rescue operation.
They were last heard from on Wednesday and hopes are pretty much over of finding them alive.
An avalanche more than 300m wide was reported where they were skiing near the northern city of Tromso.
Heavy snow and strong winds have prevented helicopters from flying.
“The snow mass is huge. There is a high risk of triggering a new avalanche … and there is a storm in the area,” Tromso Police Chief, Astrid Elisabeth Nilsen, told a news conference.
Ski tracks have been seen going into the avalanche area but not coming out.
“Police assume that the four were taken by the avalanche,” said a police statement.
Meanwhile in the Alps there is considerable risk of avalanche in many parts of Austria after heavy snow.
Up to 1m has fallen in places accompanied by high winds.