Austria Suffers From Heavy Snowfall, Has Snowbanks up to 2 Metres (PHOTO, VIDEO)

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Authorities in southern Germany, Austria, and Switzerland have closed highways and some railroads due to heavy snowfall in the region, according to Fox News reports.

Thousands of tourists ended the Christmas holiday in the Alps on 6 January being evacuated due to heavy snowfall, including visitors to the popular Matterhorn in Switzerland, Fox News reported, saying that airports and trains have experienced mass cancellations.

According to Standard, six people were killed in the last few days as a result of heavy snowfall: three people, including Swiss and German citizens, died in ski regions of Vorarlberg, while Another three people, including a native of Slovenia, died in Salzburg.

Social media users have shared photos and videos of the snowfall consequences online.

The risk for avalanches in the northern Alps remains high, according to reports.

Fox News reported that some schools have been closed because of the weather conditions in southern Bavaria.

READ MORE: Massive Snowfall Hits Central France, Disrupts Traffic (VIDEO, PHOTO)

The amount of the snowfall on the ground ranges from 158 cm in Germany to 1.2 metres in Innsbruck, Austria. The ski area of Tauplitzalm in Styria reportedly has 210 cm of freshly fallen snow. 

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