Snowfalls block roads in Switzerland and Austria, avalanche danger declared

Snowfalls have led to road closures and avalanche danger in and Switzerland.

It is reported by agency AR.

Swiss authorities have warned of a high risk of avalanches in mountainous areas after heavy snowfall in recent days.

In Zurich, the public transport company stopped all streetcar and bus services Friday, saying snow had fallen trees and blocked access to three depots.

Up to 80 centimeters of snow fell in some eastern Swiss regions in 24 hours. Parts of the Goms valley on the border with were cut off from the world because of blocked roads.

Many roads were also closed due to the danger of avalanches or fallen trees in the western Austrian region of Tyrol.

In the Vorarlberg region, about 7,400 households were left without power as a result of the blackout. The Austrian railway company OBB reported that several train routes were disrupted by the snow.

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