Three Germans are on Saturday evening at the life by an avalanche in the Austrian Lech. A fourth person is missing. The search is suspended due to heavy snowfall and the danger of new avalanches.
According to the Austrian police are the victims, men of 57, 36 and 32 years old. They came from the south of Germany. The missing is 28 years old. The four of them were friends and together on the skiing.
The wife of one of the four had Saturday to raise the alarm. Thanks to the signal of their cell phones did the rescue party where they were.
The foursome is probably on a closed piste, where they were swept away by the sneeuwmassa. They had emergency equipment, including a special airbag. That should ensure that people do not under the snow arrive, but they were buried.
Also coming days a lot of snow expected in the Alps
Germany and Austria already have days with problems due to the continuing snowfall and also the coming days is a lot of snow expected. In many regions in Austria and Switzerland is also Sunday, code red or orange or issued.
The expectation is that these codes also Monday is still active will remain, thus Weerplaza. People that the next few days are planning their winter destination in the mentioned areas to leave, have to take into account with delay. They get the advice the messages from the ANWB in the holes to keep.
According to the weather service give the models indicate that the winter precipitation in each case up to and including Tuesday persists. Above the 1,000 to 1,200 meters the precipitation will be snow. In Southern Germany and Austria is 60 to 150 inches of snow fall, and locally even more. The snow in the mountains Sunday accompanied by a strong to stormy wind.
The weather services are predicting that the weather in the course of Wednesday’s quieter is going to be in the Alps.
Risk of avalanches increases
By the northwest flow will be in accordance with Weerplaza especially the noordflanken of the Alps again to hit hard. Because the sneeuwmassa so heavy, increases the risk of avalanches. Also, the fall of wet snow or rain on a snow coverage provides a risk.
In the ski resort of Balderschwang in the extreme south of Germany seated thousands of locals and tourists Sunday. The only way to the village in Bavaria is closed because of the danger of avalanches. The stranded people have for the time being not to be evacuated.
In France, Sunday two the piste patrol staff to the life when they as a preventative measure avalanche tried to cause by an explosive, reports the website France Bleu. Probably there is something wrong when they place the explosives in readiness brought.
By the sneeuwchaos in the Alpine region came last week, at least twelve people to life. There are thousands of workers employed.
Heavy snowfall disrupts daily life in the Alps
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