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Europe’s snow chaos continues, with up to TEN FEET expected in Austria



Europe's snow chaos continues, with up to TEN FEET expected in Austria, 1,000 miles of ski slopes closed, more avalanche warnings issued - and temperatures of just -9F in GREECE

  • Austria has issued avalanche warnings with more snowfall expected today 
  • Parts have more snow already this month than in whole of an average January
  • The tourist season in the Alps has been hit with 450 ski lifts closed amid snowfall

By Tim Stickings For Mailonline

Published: 07:12 EST, 9 January 2019 | Updated: 21:47 EST, 9 January 2019

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Austria could face 10 feet of snow in the next few days as fierce winter weather continues to strike central Europe this week. 

Parts of Austria have already had more snow this month than they usually do in the whole of January, with more snow expected before the weekend.  

The tourist season in the Alps has also been hit with more than 1,000 miles of ski slope and 450 ski lifts closed because of the weather. 

The cold weather has also reached Greece where temperatures reached as low as -9F (-23C) in the city of Florina on Tuesday night.  

A German train has been snowed-in on a line in the Saxony region since Monday
A German train has been snowed-in on a line in the Saxony region since Monday

A German train has been snowed-in on a line in the Saxony region since Monday

A stairlift in Skrzyczne mountain, Poland, is iced up as the cold snap hits
A stairlift in Skrzyczne mountain, Poland, is iced up as the cold snap hits

A stairlift in Skrzyczne mountain, Poland, is iced up as the cold snap hits

Winter ruins: Snow settled in the Aizanoi ancient city in Turkey yesterday
Winter ruins: Snow settled in the Aizanoi ancient city in Turkey yesterday

Winter ruins: Snow settled in the Aizanoi ancient city in Turkey yesterday

A snow-covered car is seen at a parking lot during a snowstorm in St. Christoph am Arlberg, Austria, 09 January 2018. Media reports state that many regions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and northern Italy have been affected by heavy snowfalls in the last days
A snow-covered car is seen at a parking lot during a snowstorm in St. Christoph am Arlberg, Austria, 09 January 2018. Media reports state that many regions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and northern Italy have been affected by heavy snowfalls in the last days

A snow-covered car is seen at a parking lot during a snowstorm in St. Christoph am Arlberg, Austria, 09 January 2018. Media reports state that many regions in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and northern Italy have been affected by heavy snowfalls in the last days

Diggers are needed in Arlbery, Austria, to clear snow after several feet fell this week
Diggers are needed in Arlbery, Austria, to clear snow after several feet fell this week

Diggers are needed in Arlbery, Austria, to clear snow after several feet fell this week

A train is stuck in the snow after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich, on Wednesday
A train is stuck in the snow after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich, on Wednesday

A train is stuck in the snow after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich, on Wednesday

Two workers try to clear rail tracks this morning as the line near Munich is covered in snow
Two workers try to clear rail tracks this morning as the line near Munich is covered in snow

Two workers try to clear rail tracks this morning as the line near Munich is covered in snow

A woman uses a shovel on her car after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich
A woman uses a shovel on her car after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich

A woman uses a shovel on her car after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich

A jogger passes in front of the statue of Alexander The Great, during snowfall in the northern port city of Thessaloniki in Greece where temperatures reached a record low in one city 
A jogger passes in front of the statue of Alexander The Great, during snowfall in the northern port city of Thessaloniki in Greece where temperatures reached a record low in one city 

A jogger passes in front of the statue of Alexander The Great, during snowfall in the northern port city of Thessaloniki in Greece where temperatures reached a record low in one city 

A snow plough clears the A4 highway today near Posterstein, eastern Germany
A snow plough clears the A4 highway today near Posterstein, eastern Germany

A snow plough clears the A4 highway today near Posterstein, eastern Germany

Employees of a German service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Saxony-Anhalt, which has been snowed in since Monday
Employees of a German service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Saxony-Anhalt, which has been snowed in since Monday

Employees of a German service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Saxony-Anhalt, which has been snowed in since Monday

There was snow on the ground in Athens and Thessaloniki, while Cyprus also witnessed heavy rain and snow. 

On the highest slopes in the Alps there could be as much as 300cm (10 feet) of snow, according to Bild. 

At least 14 people are reported to have died as a result of the snow, including a woman who was trapped under an avalanche and died as rescue workers tried to pull her out. 

The highest avalanche warnings will be in place from Wednesday afternoon in the state of Salzburg, officials said. 

A road sign reading 'B197 Arlbergpass CLOSED' is seen on a snow-covered road during a snowstorm near St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria
A road sign reading 'B197 Arlbergpass CLOSED' is seen on a snow-covered road during a snowstorm near St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

A road sign reading 'B197 Arlbergpass CLOSED' is seen on a snow-covered road during a snowstorm near St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria

Behind a snowplough, traffic jams on the Autobahn 9 in Bavaria in the snow, while warning signs over the A9 tell of icy conditions
Behind a snowplough, traffic jams on the Autobahn 9 in Bavaria in the snow, while warning signs over the A9 tell of icy conditions

Behind a snowplough, traffic jams on the Autobahn 9 in Bavaria in the snow, while warning signs over the A9 tell of icy conditions

Employees of the service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, which has been snowed in on the Brocken since Monday
Employees of the service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, which has been snowed in on the Brocken since Monday

Employees of the service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, which has been snowed in on the Brocken since Monday

Numerous cars and lorries drive in the dense snow on the Autobahn 9 in Bavaria, Germany
Numerous cars and lorries drive in the dense snow on the Autobahn 9 in Bavaria, Germany

Numerous cars and lorries drive in the dense snow on the Autobahn 9 in Bavaria, Germany

Imposing the highest level of warning, Austrian officials said: 'The snow cover is only weakly secured and largely unstable. 

'Expect very large, sometimes extremely large avalanches, even on only moderately steep land.

'There will only be a limited possibility of helicopter flights to deal with avalanche slopes and to supply places that have been cut off.'  

In the most extreme case, a town in the state of Salzburg which usually sees 22 inches of snow in an average January has already seen 51 inches so far.  

According to Zeit, more than 1,000 miles of ski pistes have been shut because of the snow.   

One ski resort employee said: 'At the moment there's an extreme amount of snow lying on trees.

A forestry machine in Bavaria removes trees on a road that have fallen from the snow load
A forestry machine in Bavaria removes trees on a road that have fallen from the snow load

A forestry machine in Bavaria removes trees on a road that have fallen from the snow load

Snow covers the Temple of Olympian Zeus while a child takes a picture in Athens amid the cold
Snow covers the Temple of Olympian Zeus while a child takes a picture in Athens amid the cold

Snow covers the Temple of Olympian Zeus while a child takes a picture in Athens amid the cold

A woman shovels snow outside her house amid warnings that more snow is on the way 
A woman shovels snow outside her house amid warnings that more snow is on the way 

A woman shovels snow outside her house amid warnings that more snow is on the way 

Workers try to clear a path after the train in Schaftlach was stuck in the snow on Wednesday
Workers try to clear a path after the train in Schaftlach was stuck in the snow on Wednesday

Workers try to clear a path after the train in Schaftlach was stuck in the snow on Wednesday

A worker removes snow from the pavement after heavy snowfall in Flachau, Austria, today 
A worker removes snow from the pavement after heavy snowfall in Flachau, Austria, today 

A worker removes snow from the pavement after heavy snowfall in Flachau, Austria, today 

'That leads to the danger that trees will fall over and fall on the pistes and lift paths. We don't know how long the facilites will remain closed.'   

Meteorologist Alexander Ohms said: 'From Tuesday until Thursday you should expect a widespread snowfall of eight inches to 24 inches. 

'There will also be strong winds, in the mountains sometimes stormy winds, coming from the north and north-west.'  

Further north in Germany the national weather service issued warnings for southern Bavaria near the Austrian border as well as parts of eastern Germany. 

The warning, which is in place until Friday, said: 'There will be heavy snowfall which will reach quantities up to 50cm (20 inches). It will generally become icy'. 

Hundreds of residents in one German town near Berchtesgarden, in Bavaria, were snowed in and had to have food delivered by trucks. 

Many schools were closed and roads were blocked across southern Germany, causing a traffic jam for more than 12 miles on a motorway near Munich. 

Still further north there were flood warnings near the Baltic coast with the water level several feet higher than usual.    

Employees of the service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Germany
Employees of the service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Germany

Employees of the service company try to remove snow from a train of the Harz narrow-gauge railway in Germany

A plough is seen after heavy snowfalls in Warngau, near Munich, Germany
A plough is seen after heavy snowfalls in Warngau, near Munich, Germany

A plough is seen after heavy snowfalls in Warngau, near Munich, Germany

Workers with shovels try to clear a path for the regional train in Bavaria on Wednesday morning
Workers with shovels try to clear a path for the regional train in Bavaria on Wednesday morning

Workers with shovels try to clear a path for the regional train in Bavaria on Wednesday morning

The A4 motorway is covered by freshly fallen snow near Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany
The A4 motorway is covered by freshly fallen snow near Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany

The A4 motorway is covered by freshly fallen snow near Hohenstein-Ernstthal, eastern Germany

A worker tries to keep warm as he clears rail tracks after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich
A worker tries to keep warm as he clears rail tracks after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich

A worker tries to keep warm as he clears rail tracks after heavy snowfalls in Schaftlach, near Munich

A snow plough is seen on a road after heavy snowfalls in Warngau, near Munich
A snow plough is seen on a road after heavy snowfalls in Warngau, near Munich

A snow plough is seen on a road after heavy snowfalls in Warngau, near Munich

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