RED ALERT issued across Europe as heavy snow continues. More than 2,000 people trapped. Three feet of snow overnight. Up to 6 feet more snow expected. 17 deaths so far.
10 Jan 2019 – Europe’s snow chaos has deepened with up to six feet more snowfall expected before the weekend leaving even more residents stranded.
At least 17 people have died including a teenager killed in avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg.
The highest red warnings for snow have been imposed in Germany and Austria amid fears of more avalanches.
More than 1,000 miles of ski slope and 450 ski lifts have been closed because of the weather.
In Slovakia, a 37-year-old man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.
In the Austrian town of Hohentauern 2,000 people were trapped as three feet of snow fell overnight, Bild reported.
Forecaster blames ‘climate change’
A German weather forecaster told Deutschlandfunk that climate change was making extreme weather events such as these last longer.
‘Certain weather situations, once they exist, stay put for longer’ as a result of rising temperatures at the North Pole, he said.
“A result of rising temperatures at the North Pole”? Those are lies, says reader Argiris Diamantis. “I just checked. The North Pole temperature was minus 31,5 C (-24.7 F).
Photo: Out of service: A snow-covered commuter train is stuck on the track at Berchtesgaden station in southern Germany, a town where hundreds of people have been left trapped
Photo: Escape: A man climbs out and abandons his car after it got stuck in snow in Kars, Turkey, with the cold snap in Europe spreading towards the Mediterranean
Photo: Slow progress: A bus and car near Berchtesgaden try to make their way along the icy road while a man walks nearby amid a cold snap across central Europe
Photo: Bad day for a bike ride: A bicycle is covered in snow while a child climbs stairs in the background in Ilmenau, central Germany, as Europe’s cold weather chaos deepens
Photo: A German Army vehicles provides food to a village near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, where residents have been trapped by the snow
Photo: A snow plough clears a road on Thursday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in southern Germany, close to the Austrian border
Video: Germany digs out after heavy snowfall causes travel chaos
Photo: Cars queue on the motorway A8 between Salzburg and Munich after heavy snowfalls near Irschenberg, southern Germany
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