cleared After a “weather window” of two days, in which roads and avalanches were blown up, the level of alert of the density of snowfall across the Northern Alps of Bavaria and Austria again the highest Avalanche and closures made necessary. In Lech in Vorarlberg three German skiers were killed by an avalanche, a fourth was missing on Sunday. In the case of an avalanche blast in the French Alps, two piste workers were killed. The men plied on Sunday, with explosives, as it came out of initially unknown cause for the Explosion.

Timo Frasch

Political correspondent in Munich.

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Stephan Löwenstein

Political correspondent for Austria and Hungary, with headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

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More than 7500 inhabitants and tourists in Austria, in the snow, were in the West, or by road barriers cut off. In Bavaria, around 2000 people were stranded. At least until Tuesday, it is expected that locally the highest snow warning level issued. The in Vorarlberg, crashed skiers, according to Agency reports, both on and off gebahnter slopes experienced “freeriders”, were on Saturday on a closed Route, called the “Long train” on-the-go.

they were between 32 and 57 years old and came from upper Swabia. A 28-year-old man, also from southern Germany, drove with them, could not be found. The search for him had to be cancelled late Saturday afternoon due to heavy snowfall and the danger of further avalanches. The three men who were killed, were provided with emergency equipment including Airbags and tracking systems. According to police, the recovered corpses had multiple injuries and suffocation characteristics.

The Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) had said on Saturday during a visit to the snow of Bad Tölz, in terms of snow “is no reason to panic, but already a serious concern”. He was right, it showed on Sunday: The weight of the snow is at the Moment in Bavaria is the biggest Problem. Alone in the district of Berchtesgadener Land, and on Sunday, defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen, the 23rd mountain infantry brigade was visited, were reported to 900 roofs, be cleared out had to. In Kempten in the Allgäu, the city locked up on Saturday evening because of the snow load, as a precaution, eleven sports halls. This will remain up to and including Tuesday closed, since the announced of precipitation, with an even higher weight on the roofs. Söder announced that it plans to send 500 more riot police into the of the masses of Snow-affected areas. Overall, his figures are after then 5000 workers. To help especially the rooftops of buildings in danger of collapse, to dig.

In the night to Sunday it was snowing in many places. “We recorded 25 inches of snow in Teisendorf, 30 inches in Ruhpolding and 21 inches in Garmisch,” said a spokesman of the German weather service for Sunday morning. Part of it started to melt then plus degrees also. As a result, the snow was wet and heavy an additional load for the roofs of residential houses and buildings.