persistent rainy weather While in the North of Germany, the Winter in the South of the country and in the entire Alpine Region. For the next few days heavy snow falls continue to be predicted. A storm with Gale-force winds to snow drifts and, thus, more problems might be in order.

All of the events and developments relating to the winter chaos in the star-snow-Ticker:

+++ 14.36 hrs: new snow in Bavaria – wet weather in Germany +++

For the weekend of the next snow announces. In the Alps and in the Bavarian forest, it will be up on Saturday morning again, 5 to 10 centimeters. In the middle and the South of Germany are, if at all, to be expected only a few inches of snow, said the German weather service on Friday in Offenbach.

The snow level increases, but steadily, and will rise to Sunday, mostly above 1000, in the South on up to 1500 meters, it said. By Monday evening it drops according to the DWD in Germany again – in the North-East to low altitudes, in the South to about 600 meters.

Until Tuesday morning, so on the Alps above 800 meters, 30 to 70 cm, to be expected in exposed locations, even up to a Meter of new snow. “A fundamental Change in the situation, it is not at least come to mid-week in sight,” said a weather expert at the DWD.

In most Parts of Germany there is instead of snow just windy and wet weather at temperatures of 2 to 7 degrees. In the Monday night, it relaxes according to the DWD in the North a little, otherwise, further rainfall. 5 to 1 degree of a frost-free place to stay, it is usually in the higher mountains and in the Alps, temperatures of 1 to Minus 3 degrees are expected. In-free layers, it can lead to stormy gusts, in the lake and in the mountains, sometimes to severe storm and hurricane – like gusts.

+++ 13.43 PM: the Federal army evacuated German students with helicopter +++

The Austrian Federal army has a large group of students from the vicinity of Dortmund flew in with two helicopters from a mountain. The group with a total of 66 people have been sitting since Saturday in the high mountain house in Grünau im Almtal, said mayor Wolfgang Bammer of the Austrian news Agency APA.

The teenagers from Dortmund travelled for a skiing trip to upper Austria. Due to the large avalanche danger and the closed ski lifts, you could but, ultimately, not on the slopes. You would not have enjoyed a more adventurous stay, however, as after a few days, mobile phone and television were available, said Bammer. Only an emergency generator had supplied the house with electricity.

+++ 12.42 PM: researcher: snow chaos possible sign of climate change +++

The Potsdam Institute for climate impact research (PIK) does not exclude a connection between the current masses of Snow in the Alps and climate change. “The atmosphere has become warmer, therefore there is more moisture,” said climate researcher Peter Hoffmann, the German press Agency in Potsdam. For days it snows, especially in the Alpine space. There, the second-highest avalanche was on Thursday warning level.

According to Hoffmann, it is the climatic conditions, and on the other, the so-called mountain-effect: “We just have a massive North-flow, which goes over the North sea, which has relatively mild temperatures for the time of year – since the potential for moisture is there,” said Hoffmann. “This wind flow runs exactly against the mountains and against the Alps.”

The mountain effect is reinforced such events, according to the scientist. “It’s like a traffic jam of precipitation at the front of the mountains,” said Hoffmann. “In the summer, this precipitation leads to high water, in Winter, intense snow. The snow falls in deep freezing temperatures, then you are rather wet snow.” The interplay between Frost and thaw is yet to come. “Then, the snow load will be even stronger.”

+++ 11.27 am: as of Saturday evening, heavy snowfall in the Alps +++

expected After temporary relaxation of the German weather service (DWD) in the Alps, expected cases as of Saturday evening, heavy snow. Like this one announced on Friday in Offenbach, then there “is to be expected striking amounts of new Snow”. Heavy snow falls in southern Bavaria in days for major problems.

Several counties have declared the case of a disaster. Traffic was partially disrupted significantly, the snow load on roofs and trees, provides a risk. In Aying near Munich, a falling tree killed on Thursday a nine-year-old. On Friday, the situation calmed down. The DWD, only a few centimeters of snow should fall.

+++ 10.03 PM: avalanche danger in Austria has fallen slightly – reconnaissance flights planned +++

In many Parts of Austria, the avalanche danger has decreased slightly. In the most from the enormous fall of snow the past few days affected areas, the second highest warning level 4 was on Friday, for the most part, the Services said. On Thursday, the highest avalanche was in a different warning level 5.

In the open terrain, it nevertheless extremely dangerous, as, among other things, the Land of Salzburg. “The structure of the snowpack is extremely unstable and avalanches can easily be triggered,” said Michael Butschek from the avalanche warning service Salzburg according to a statement. “We strongly advise against driving in open terrain.”

For Friday had expected the forecasters with a short snow break, and sometimes even with sunshine in the Alps. Only towards the evening should therefore form clouds again, expected to bring new snow. “Especially in the night from Sunday to Monday, strong Wind comes,” in the Land of Salzburg. Therefore, the avalanche situation could escalate to the start of the week.

The short nice weather want to take advantage of the use of force in many places for reconnaissance flights with helicopters, among other things, controlled explosives to prepare. The Austrian Federal army and the interior Ministry in Vienna helicopter did not last.

+++ 8 PM: risk of avalanches in the Bavarian Alps drops – usually 3 instead of 4 +++

the level of The avalanche danger has decreased in many Parts of the Bavarian Alps, according to experts. For Friday downgraded the avalanche warning service Bavaria in Munich, the danger only for the Berchtesgaden Alps as a large one, is the second highest of five threat. For the rest of the Alpine space a significant risk, i.e. level 3.

In the past few days, experts from across the Board of a large avalanche danger outgoing, which corresponds to level 4. They warned but now continued: “Due to the possibleen large ranges of avalanche activities in the mountains require particular caution and considered route choice.”

+++ 6.45 PM: snow a traffic jam on the A8 at the Chiemsee +++

Due to a blocking of the highway 8 at lake Chiemsee in the district of Rosenheim sat since Thursday night, many people in heavy snow in traffic. The Bavarian Red cross has built up care support points. The helper should leave the traffic jam and the people. Also in the early morning hours, the police could give no reason for complacency.


The municipality of Jachenau in Bad Tölz is currently only on a forestry road with the outside world

©Angelika Warmuth/ Picture-Alliance +++ 6 PM: disaster case in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen +++

Because of the heavy snow associated since the late Thursday evening in the southern Bavarian district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen in the case of a disaster. In addition to the municipality of Jachenau, where the case of a disaster a few days ago, would have now other municipalities in the district with the masses of Snow to contend with, informed the district office in the night. Big problems there with access roads, and the snow loads on the roofs. Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen is to the counties of Miesbach, the Berchtesgadener Land district and Traunstein, the fourth district, in Bavaria, in the event of a disaster.

“The civil protection authority, the operations of the rescue forces, as well as other services, is now coordinating bodies, and may also request additional assistance, for example, from the German armed forces,” said district administrator Josef Niedermaier.

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+++ 21.06 at: avalanche in Switzerland rolls up in the hotel restaurant, – three injured +++

A 300-Meter-wide avalanche crashed into a hotel restaurant and injured three people easily. The snow was gone on the Schwägalp, Canton of Appenzell Ausserrhoden, as the news Agency SDA reported. The white masses spilled accordingly, a plurality of vehicles, and also broke into the Restaurant of the hotel Säntis. A guest of this establishment told the Swiss newspaper “Tagblatt”, he was outside, suddenly see the snow swirling around and first on a roof avalanche believed. “Then there was a huge noise, and in the rear area of the snow penetrated the masses to the Restaurant.”

+++ 18.21 PM: the Federal army since the Saturday cut off place in Austria +++

The Austrian army has managed to reach since Saturday from the outside world cut off municipality of Hohe Tauern in upper Styria. The soldiers took food and Diesel on a forest road in the municipality, as Vice-mayor Gernot Jetz said. “The squad has beaten all-terrain vehicles through streams and steep terrain here,” said Jetz. For cars it is currently impossible to drive in the place of in or out. For Friday, Jetz and his colleagues in a crisis expect the rod with a time window in which there are explosives to be possible. The approximately 750 people trapped will now be informed that they could be brought in this window of time, with the Federal army from the place your car would then have to remain in the Hohe Tauern.

+++ 17.30: a child slain in the district of Munich umstürzendem tree +++

A nine-year-old Boy has been killed in Aying in the district of Munich by a falling tree. As the police informed, was broken the tree under high snow load. 20 minutes later, witnesses discovered the buried child and alerted the rescue forces. This tried for about an hour in vain for the child to revive.

+++ 16.35 PM: German armed forces in the Berchtesgadener Land in use +++

So the situation is not exacerbated, in the meantime, the German armed forces in the Berchtesgadener Land in use, which will form after the official Declaration of a disaster case is a kind of Shuttle with armored vehicles, to provide the people in the cut off village, as the press officer Eckhard Michel says, would be suspect as a Major to the sea, so his job title, but rather on the water in a different aggregate state. Since Wednesday, the soldiers had driven in front of all the residents and staff of the Asthma center and supplies.

The German armed forces and their mountaineers are now to help to free the roofs, the snow load. “On the roofs of already one and a half to two feet of snow to part now,” said Rasp. Thus, the snow pressures with a weight of up to 400 kilos per square meter on the roof. Most of the roofs in the District of book height were designed to be 500 pounds. But further falls of snow are announced.

+++ 16.27 at: Landkreis Traunstein calls the case of a disaster +++

The district of Traunstein calls because of the weather conditions in the event of a disaster. “We want to ensure the ability of the services to the full extent, and also to the aid of the German armed forces to fall back,“ said Councilor Siegfried Walch. Due to the risk situations, the civil protection authority is now at the district office with the participation of authorities, departments and forces of the various rescue and relief organizations and armed forces, the coordination of interventions. Previously, the district of Berchtesgadener Land as well as the district of proclaimed already in Miesbach the case of a disaster.

+++ 16.17 PM: Baby and mother in the snow uniform jacket warms up cold infant +++

In the Bavarian Allgäu region, police officers have kept a shivering infant from worse. Passers-by had discovered in Kaufbeuren, the helpless mother of the child, drunk in the snow next to a sidewalk. The woman held her insufficiently clothed Baby in her arms. The patrol officers wrapped the jacket the little girl in a uniform, and laid it in the police car, until the emergency services arrived. “After it had to get in a warm ambulance, and even put on a hat, it fell immediately to sleep,” said the police to the incident from the day before. The forces brought mother and child to the hospital.

+++ 16.13 PM: of snow masses force to find the Cemetery closed in Chemnitz +++

In the Municipal cemetery in the Saxon town of Chemnitz to 14. January due to high snow risk of breaking security, no funerals instead of reasons. As the city announced, were all cancelled until Monday scheduled funerals, the cemetery was closed. At the same time, was warned in Chemnitz, Germany, before Entering the forests, Parks and green spaces: Due to the large snow load is the danger of Branches and tree crowns cancel. The city Park was blocked so completely.

+++ 15.33 PM: Around 170 trucks to block Federal highway in Saxony +++

170 load, the Federal road 174 have a car from Wednesday to Thursday in the case of Chemnitz is blocked. As the police said, had dozens of enduring long-distance drivers overnight because of the winter weather on the road in their vehicles. In the meantime, have eased the Situation on the part of the Saxon Federal highway, police said. In total, the police registered Directorate of Chemnitz, in the period up to Thursday morning, more than 275 accidents with a total of 22 injured. Came to the kilometre-long traffic jams on the motorways a 4 and a 72. There trucks were broke down, or in road ditches slipped. In the ore mountains, many of the Federal government were also on a Thursday, and County roads due to slippery snow-and -drifts and fallen trees blocked

+++ 15.15: road salt supplies in Austria to make because of the snow difficult +++

When the current masses of Snow in Austria, many places could use road salt. But the salt supplies are, of all things, hindered by the snow. Austria’s largest supplier of Salinen Austria, headquartered in Ebensee in the middle of in the Alps because of the many blocked or out of security locked-down streets of reasons, “big delivery problems,” said saline spokeswoman Katharina Steiner, the Austrian news Agency APA.

“This is not for the entire company, but particularly for the production and the logistics are easy,” stressed the spokesperson. Moreover, because of the snow, many of the 500 or so salt-works-employees not to work.

Last Winter, had sold Salinen Austria more than 500,000 tonnes of de-icing salt. Currently, Austria has to fight, as well as Bavaria and Saxony, with large masses of Snow. In some places the snow is three feet high, in large Parts of the Alpine Republic has the highest avalanche is warning level. Several places were cut off from the outside world.

+++ 14.50 PM: Biathlon in Ruhpolding: “the world Cup is currently not in jeopardy” +++

With the helpers of the organizers to fight in front of the Biathlon world Cup in Ruhpolding, against the masses of Snow. The local Ski Club had asked in a public call to remove the snow in the Chiemgau Arena, in order not to endanger the implementation of the event in the next week. Engelbert Schweiger, the Secretary-General of the world Cup organizing Committee and head of the Chiemgau-Arena, said the “Traunsteiner Tagblatt”: “The world Cup is not currently in danger.” Schweiger added: “we are facing major logistical challenges, is not to be denied.” Currently, the Biathlon world Cup in Oberhof Station, in Ruhpolding, it then goes from the 15. January.

+++ 13.55 PM: The Outlook: the Winter of (almost) all of them – but only for a short time +++

Plenty of snow in the Alps and in the ore mountains for days – on Friday it is temporarily expected with the Winter, for (almost) all in Germany. From the North sea coast, apart, falls, according to the German weather service (DWD) in the North-Western half of Germany, first snow. “That means there are many places in the early Friday morning light snow with an appropriate smoothness,” said a meteorologist.

However, the snow will be replaced soon by rain. In the transition range from snow to rain, the threat of freezing rain and ice that still existed it was called. Only in the South can hold on to the colder air a little better, and the precipitation coming as snow. South of the river are to be expected up in the night to Saturday a few inches of new snow. In the rest of the Federal territory, the snow line rises to 600 to 800 meters.

On the weekend, there are in most Parts of Germany, therefore, instead of winter splendor, only windy and wet weather, with temperatures two to seven degrees. As in the Alps, the snow is wet, it will increase the load on roofs, trees or overhead wires. On the coasts and in the mountains-heavy squalls are on the weekend, in addition to Gale-force winds.

current weather situation in the Live-Tracker

snow masses pile up in Bavaria and Austria, In Styria, The danger of avalanches in the Austrian Alps, threatening evacuations

every hour, bigger, also in Bavaria, the forecasters expect even more snow. You can see the development in the Live-Tracker

DPA +++ 13.35 PM: snow chaos in Austria has been one of the first effects for tourism +++

The continuing snowfall in wide Parts of Austria have enabled the tourism industry a shock. “The day guests at the Moment are not so numerous on the slopes, on the road,” said Gernot Hörwertner, speaker of the Salzburger Land tourism, the German press Agency.

Also, according to the cable cars-Chairman of the Styrian chamber of Commerce, Fabrice Girardoni, are the days of guests the impact of the severe winter weather. The tourism coordinator of the Austrian chamber of economy of language already to a Minus of 50 percent for short-term booking requests, according to the news Agency APA reported.

most of the ski lifts remain open, the how to arrive, in some cases, but is difficult or impossible. “In the Hohe Tauern two slopes are currently open for the guests that are still there,” said the spokeswoman of tourism of Styria, Ute Hödl. The small community is already since Saturday is not accessible. According to Hödl, some tourists from Hesse persevere there, but skiing, at least. Similarly, the Planneralm: no vehicle access is possible, some of the lifts are open.

+++ 13.23 PM: Oberstdorf blocks due to avalanche danger streets to two valleys +++

Due to avalanche danger, the municipality of Oberstdorf in Bavaria access roads to two of the valleys are locked. 65 estate, including several Hotels, were affected, said the spokeswoman of the market town, Christine Uebelhör. The residents and vacationers in the stillach valley in the southern area of the Trettachtals had already been on Wednesday about the upcoming lockout-informed. Those who wished could leave it.

the valley station of the fellhorn train could not be achieved because of the blocking and had to be closed. The mountain railway operator a introduced in addition, the operation of the Oberstdorf nebelhornbahn cable car because of the weather conditions. The buildings in the two valleys are not at risk, according to the experts, only to the streets in the villages of Avalanches threatened. On Friday, the avalanche dangerous masses of Snow to be blown up.

+++ 12.52 PM: authority: More than 60 cold dead in Ukraine +++

More than 60 people came to the Ukraine in the past weeks due to the freezing temperatures, according to official figures, killed. Due to hypothermia or frostbite et since December wa been brought 900 people to the hospital, reported local media, citing the Ministry of health. In Parts of the Eastern European country, the temperatures dropped in recent nights, up to minus 20 degrees. The authorities tried to help homeless people, by offering in tents or in public buildings, among other things, of warm tea. Last Winter, more than 160 Ukrainians froze to death. In Russia, too, there was the beginning of the year, numerous cold dead.

+++ 12 hrs: Important Federal highway in Bavaria, due to avalanche danger +++

blocked Because of the high avalanche danger for skiers and travelers important Federal road 307 is locked in upper Bavaria, part. Between the Kreuther Wildbad Kreuth and Kreuth villages of the Bavarian forest near the border to Austria is flowing there since Thursday morning, no traffic. How long the block will last is still not in sight, said a spokeswoman for the district administrative office of Miesbach. Winter athletes get on the B307 to the ski resort on the Achensee in Austria. Travelers and commuters use the highway to avoid the Inntal motorway. In the Alps, the second highest avalanche was on Thursday warning level.

++++ 11.57 PM: train services in Parts of Saxony +++

set The onset of winter has to train in the Vogtland region in Eastern Saxony in part, to a Standstill. As the countries Bahn said, on some routes, due to fallen trees and snow drifts, nothing more. The main lines of the Trilex from Bischofswerda to Zittau, and from Bischofswerda to Görlitz are falls due to Tree completely blocked. The clearing of the route to Gorlitz is difficult, as the vehicular access to the forest life was dangerous, informed the railway companies with reference to information of the fire brigade.

In the direction of Zittau drive a Erkundungszug with the saw crews to clear the path. Between Dresden and Bischofswerda, the trains would have to commute. A replacement transport is reported to be not possible, because the bus services due to weather conditions, can make no long-distance trips. How long the closures will last, was not foreseeable.

+++ 10.24 PM: police found the dead driver on the A8 +++

such As the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten” reports, could mountains, the police and the German Red cross, a driver on the A8, only dead. The forces discovered night the 54-Year-old Wednesday, as the jam broke up on the A8 between Ulm-Ost, up and Mühlhausen in the valleys. Previously, the traffic standstill on this section because of the heavy snow. Despite immediate medical treatment, only the death of the 54-Year-olds. “Apparently, she was asleep and didn’t Wake up”. “We go from a medical Problem,” says the police commander, the “Stuttgarter Nachrichten”.

+++ 9.52 PM: snow chaos on the A8 – hundreds of Truck and car drivers fixed +++

sat in the car, hundreds of trucks and drivers have been sitting in the night to Thursday because of snow and ice on the highway 8. From the evening, the truck had always fallen back on the snow-slick roadway to Slide and caused disabilities, said a police spokeswoman on Thursday. The traffic had come to this between Ulm and Nellingen in Baden-Württemberg to a length of about 35 kilometers to a Standstill. The jam was resolved on Thursday morning. The information, according to the police, rescue services, Technical relief and the highway maintenance Agency. The helpers distributed, among other things, Blankets and hot drinks.

+++ 4.00 PM: Several places in the Alps is not accessible +++

The persistent snow on the ends to keep the people in Bavaria and Austria, but also in the ore mountains, more in breath. Several towns are hardly or not reach – including Galtür in the Tyrol, in February 1999, is already the scene of one of the largest Avalanche accidents in the history of Austria. In the South of Bavaria, the book of settlement amount in Berchtesgaden and the municipality of Jachenau due to snow are largely cut off, but with food of a sufficient supply. Also Saxony is sinking in many places in the snow, the traffic situation is similar to chaotic as in the Alps. Carl field near Plauen was temporarily cut off from the environment, also the city center of Oberwiesenthal can be reached. Access roads to the border to the Czech Republic are as blocked reported. Many schools in the Erzgebirge of Germany will remain in this closed Thursday.

+++ 4.00 PM: railway-transported snow masses +++

The railway wanted to began in the night, including excavators and wheel loaders masses of Snow from the train Miesbach yards away, Schaftlach in Waakirchen and Schliersee, the train traffic to resume. Nevertheless, it continues to be the default, and disabilities. The current error messages out of the snow area are available on the Internet. Also, drivers need to adapt to the weather conditions, and in many places significantly slower on the road.

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+++ 22.54 watch: avalanche rips young German-Australians before the eyes of his family in the death of +++

Before the eyes of his parents and his brother 16 has been spilled-Year-old German-Australians while skiing in Austria from an avalanche and killed. The family had been in St. Anton am Arlberg off-piste on the go and in the late afternoon in very steep terrain, said a police spokesman in the evening. The 16-Year-old got off a distress call. While the rescuers were on the way to rescue the family, it captures an avalanche. The Boy had been examined after 20 minutes, recovered, but could not be resuscitated.

The father, the mother, an Australian by birth, was of German,. The family lives in Australia. She was a device, according to a police spokesman, without emergency equipment such as shovel or avalanche search. In the ski resort Wildkogel-six students from Saxony had previously been already recorded-Anhalt by an avalanche and partially buried, but all of them. Due to massive snow falls the highest avalanche in many Parts of Austria warning level.

+++ 17.35: Skitourist dies in avalanche in Slovakia +++

A 40-year-old Skitourist in the North of Slovakia by an avalanche and killed has been spilled. As the mountain rescue service HZS announced in the evening, was swept up in the Locals as one of a group of hikers from the avalanche. Because the weather conditions did not allow helicopter use, could reach the mountain rescuers just walk to the misfortune.

Up to their arrival the Shed had been freed already from its search devices equipped companions out of the snow masses. All the resuscitation attempts of attendants und paramedics to the Unconscious, but were unsuccessful, the report said the mountain rescue.

+++ Bundeswehr brings staff of the Asthma center of the snow-Chaos +++

Due to the heavy snowfall handles the Bundeswehr supply trips Berchtesgaden in a truncated District of the municipality. In the Book it is the Asthma centre for young people. Since the staff of the rehab facility because of the heavy snow could not get to and from your workplace, had been asked the German army for assistance, said the Executive Director of the market municipality, Anton Short. With the heavy military book height can be achieved for vehicles. In the Hamlet of about 350 people stranded. Forces had dealt with previously, therefore, to supply the trapped people with food.

+++ 17.17 PM: students from Germany are caught in an avalanche and to survive +++

Six students from Germany have been recorded in Austria by an avalanche and partially buried. The police announced, all survived the incident virtually unharmed. The slab avalanche is triggered in the area of the Wildkogel ski area, below the mountain station. The foothills of the avalanche captured the students at a Skiwegquerung. Two of the young people (16 and 17) were very, two (both 17) to the partly buried. Two more (16 and 17) were recorded by the avalanche but not buried.

The 29-year-old teacher and another student were lucky and came with the avalanche in contact. Within a very short time succeeded in following the skiers and the other members of the student group, people to places and to mountains. The four Captured were, as a precaution, taken to the hospital.

+++ 16.25 PM: avalanche danger in Austria, is coming to a head – Galtür not accessible +++

The avalanche situation in Austria has come to a head. More and more places are due to the very large avalanche danger to reach – including the village of Galtür in Tirol. In February 1999, there were died by an avalanche of disaster, 31 people. The municipality has locked according to the Austrian news Agency APA, the Paznaun valley road (B188) between Mathon and Galtür because of avalanche danger in both directions.

Also not reachable, the ski tourist popular resorts of Lech, Zürs and Stuben in the Federal state of Vorarlberg and upper were on Wednesday Tauern in Salzburg. In four Austrian provinces, the highest avalanche warning level of five is currently in some regions.

+++ 13.56 PM: Non-Stop snowfall in the Alps and the ore mountains +++

No all-clear for the people in the Alps: Up in the night to Friday, it will snow according to data from the German weather service (DWD) almost continuously. Even in the ore is expected to continue with Non-Stop snowfall, such as DWD-forecasters predicted. At lower elevations, it will stay in cold and wet weather. Largely of clouds is expected Thursday. Most likely some loosening in the North-West. In Ostfriesland, the temperatures on Thursday are expected to be four degrees at the highest, in the mountainous region of minus four degrees at the lowest.

+++ 13.13 PM: train employees in Austria, Gams from the Snow +++

Two employees of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) to save a goat from the snow dug masses, and her life saved. How to see a online Video of the rescue operation, was the animal in the national Park Gesäuse in Styria, almost completely in the snow, sunken, with only the tips of the horns stood out yet. The rescuers discovered the Gams in the case of snow clearing work, such as the ÖBB, the “crowns”-the newspaper informed. As the animal noticed the wild on Tuesday, they stopped the slow-moving train and drove back. With blades freed two of them, the animal carefully. The Gams ran off on wobbly legs, then in the direction of the forest.

+++ 12.50 PM: avalanche buries street in Berchtesgaden +++

In the Berchtesgadener Land is disposed of, an avalanche has buried a street in marktschellenberg in part. Rescue workers searched for possible Victim, the police announced. Initially, it was unclear whether vehicles or people were affected by the disposal. For the Bavarian Alps, the authorities had to call the second highest avalanche warning level.

+++ 11.25 a.m.: storm deep “Benjamin”: the parts of lübeck’s old town under water +++

Due to a storm, flood, flooded some of the streets of the old city of lübeck. In particular, the areas of the Obertrave, and yard, were affected, a spokesman for the fire Department said. The level was at 9.00 am by 1.13 metres above mean water level. The Federal Maritime and hydrographic Agency (BSH) predicted in the Bay of lübeck in the course of the day, water levels of up to 1.40 meters above the mean water level.

This is a medium-sized storm surge, as you’ll meet in Lübeck, the spokesman said. The inhabitants of the endangered areas had been warned. In Lübeck-Travemünde the Trave river was flooded for part-Promenade. In Lübeck, the majority of the citizens reacted left. At the Bay of lübeck, Obertrave, the sand bags were ready by the roadside, at the Academy of music and other buildings of the inputs with high-water bulkhead were barricaded.

+++ 10.55 PM: 350 people sit at Berchtesgaden fixed +++

After a heavy snowfall, about 350 people stranded at Berchtesgaden and must be supplied by trucks with food. The only road to the book height in the vicinity of the upper salt mountain was closed until further notice, said a spokesman for the Landkreis Berchtesgadener Land. The morning had been started to clear the tracks. Several trees threatened under the heavy snow load to topple and should be like. Only emergency personnel were able to reach the snowed-dwellers across the street.

the people in the upper Bavarian municipality of Jachenau in Bad Tölz are in need of food supplies, because the access road is locked. Residents and rescue workers can reach the village through a small forest road.

+++ 10.11 PM: Cologne/Bonn airport, through the freezing rain for an hour is lame +++

At the airport Cologne/Bonn, sleet and hail have laid in the Morning with the same period of lame. The flight operation was suspended for a good hour, a spokeswoman said. At this time the paths had been sprayed and cleared. Subsequently, the operation had been taken at 7.45 PM.

+++ 9.56 PM: teacher dies in skiing accident in Austria – More snow +++

In the presence of his pupils died, a 62-year-old teacher after a skiing accident on the mariazeller Bürgeralpe Austria. The man lost from bislang of unknown cause in the case of the departure of a Ski and crashed left of the runway edge in a steep forest of the Sundarbans in the night. There, he remained in the loose, and meter-deep snow upside down stuck. The following nine students were not able to help the man due to the snow masses. Forces of the mountain rescue Maria cell could finally descend to the 62-Year-old, but found no sign of life.

In many Parts of Austria it snowed meanwhile, in the night. Due to the avalanches and snow breakage risk of the authorities numerous Federal and state had to block roads. On Wednesday morning, some of the other places were no longer accessible, including the tourist Obertauern in the province of Salzburg. The Inntal motorway (A12) was closed in the Morning due to a fallen tree in the direction of Innsbruck for about an hour. Four rail links were interrupted.

+++ 8.23 PM: snow paralyzes traffic in Bavaria – Free day for many school children +++

heavy snow falls paralyze traffic in large Parts of Bavaria. Due to a stationary transverse Transporter on the motorway 8 car drivers need, on Wednesday morning, in commuter traffic a lot of patience. The highway was blocked in the direction Munich in Friedberg, as a police spokesman said. The vans have loaded two cars on a trailer and standing across all lanes. How long the full closure would continue, was initially unclear. According to the spokesman, the recovery was due to the icy roadway difficult.

For many more schools reported to the authorities lessons, failures. In the Berchtesgadener Land, in the Eastern allgäu region, in Parts of the district Deggendorf and in wider circles and communities, the students should stay at home. The snow masses made the clearing of snow and ice present significant problems. In the upper Bavarian district of Miesbach, is a disaster alarm.

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+++ 17.43 PM: Baltic sea, ferry pier, rams, otherwise, no major storm damage in the North +++

Although the storm is deep “swept Benjamin” with Hurricane-force winds over Northern Germany, were major damage to early evening. In Hamburg the parts of the fish were submerged market. In Travemünde the Wind pressed a ferry against the investor. The vessel was holed in the hull. Otherwise, trees fall occasionally. Injured or major damage have not yet been reported.

Hamburg experienced the first storm of the year. The Elbe river flooded in the late afternoon, parts of the St. Pauli fish market. Shortly after 17 PM, the level was according to the Federal office for Maritime shipping and hydrography (BSH) in 1.88 meters above mean high water.

+++ 17.05 PM: Styria’s highest avalanche warning level of +++

In Parts of Austria calling is now the highest avalanche warning level. In the province of Styria in some regions, the Avalanche alert level 5 was declared, informed the authorities. This was a precautionary measure in view of the expected amount of fresh Snow of up to one Meter. Is affected, among other things, the tourist Region Dachstein.

“not arrangements comply with the authorities now, is no trivial offence, but life is dangerous,” said Deputy country Director Michael Schickhofer. He advised all the citizens and tourists, to stay in secure locations, barriers to take seriously and not necessary activities, in the outdoors. Around 2000 people – Locals as well as tourists – are cut off in about a dozen towns. In Styria, as also in other provinces, in places, three feet of snow, and more.

+++ 15.50: In 25 counties of the severe weather-warning Red +++

The German weather service (DWD) has declared for 25 counties in Bavaria and Saxony. Meteorologists expect snow amounts of from 35 to 50, in jam, were up to 70 cm. More squalls threatened with up to 80 kilometers per hour. The warning applies to the affected counties from Tuesday evening to Thursday evening.

+++ 15.15: storm tide brand in Helgoland just +++

The Deep, “Benjamin” has caused exceeded in the North sea for a small storm surge. On the island of Helgoland, the high water reached its peak point at around 13: 30. 1.55 metres above the normal high-water flood mark of 1.50 meters had been slightly exceeded, said a spokesman for the Federal office for Maritime shipping and hydrography (BSH). Greater storm damage, however, were not initially known.

The East – and North-Frisian Islands and Halligen were made during the day partially alone, since the ferries stayed in ports. The Sylt-Shuttle limited due to the weather conditions the operation. Caravans, trailers, passenger cars with trailers, trucks with empty trailers or hazardous materials, as well as motorcycles were not transported, as the company announced.

On the Elbe ferries between glückstadt and wischhafen first drove on schedule. There, the captains will decide at what wind strengths can your ship still safely steer. “But if the water comes over the shore, no longer can we drive, because our clients come from the Board,” said managing Director Hildegard Both-Walberg. A little further inland in the port of Hamburg, the ferries were not affected.

+++ 14.40 PM: the ski area due to snow masses +++

closed, Even if it sounds absurd – the ski area Brauneck in Bavaria has to close because of too much snow. More specifically, because of the wrong snow. “Snow is on the trees now extremely much and heavier“, said a spokeswoman for the affected area in the “image”-newspaper. “There is the danger of the trees falling and the ski slopes and lift lines will fall. How long the plants will remain closed, we are unable to estimate; it is supposed to snow more.”

+++ 13.44 hrs: Eleven the Munich tourists from snow-covered Alpine hut in Austria saved +++

After the heavy snow of the last days cases, the Austrian mountain rescue service has freed eleven tourists from Munich, from a snowed mountain hut in the Salzburger Land. The group had called the police because she had had since the days of no electricity, and the supplies were slow to come to an end, said a representative of the mountain rescue service of the Austrian news Agency APA.

ten helpers made on Monday afternoon on the difficult ascent to the hut, and led the tourists in groups down to the village of St. Koloman.

The number of dead as a result of the winter weather increased in the meantime. Two since Saturday in Abtenau in the Tennengau missing snow-Shoe hikers were recovered on Monday afternoon, dead. According to the APA, the 28-year-old man and his 23 were captured-year-old partner of an avalanche and vebeen rschüttet.

In the search for two for Saturday for missing hikers in the case of Hohenberg want to participate in the Federal army. Because of avalanche danger, it could not be continued at the earliest, on Wednesday, said a representative of the Alpine police APA.

+++ 11.46 PM: forecasters expect heavy snow in the South of Bavaria +++

It was only a brief respite – the German weather service (DWD) expected in the next few days in the Alps re-severe weather-like snow with strong drifts, and the risk of aborting the trees. “Such a situation does not happen every Winter,” said a DWD professional.

After a short mitigation will flow according to the forecasts, with a strong North-West flow back to the colder and humid air to Bavaria. Especially in the upper Bavarian forest and the Alps, this provides on Tuesday for an additional 10 to 15 centimetres of snow.

In the Alps, the forecasters expect up in the night to Friday in severe weather-like snow with amounts between 30 and 70 centimeters. In the Congestion – especially in the Allgäu region – are expected to be up to 90 centimeters.

There, as well as in the Bavarian forest can emerge by noon on Wednesday by a strong Wind with strong gusts, heavy snow drifts. On higher Alpine peaks and ridges of the Bavarian forest, severe wind gusts with speeds around 100 miles an hour and even are not to be expected

+++ 8.25 PM: the storm flood in Hamburg – Bahn exclude the impact on train traffic +++

parts of the German North sea coast and Hamburg, the expected time on Tuesday with a storm surge. The Federal Maritime and hydrographic Agency issued a warning, the storm is deep “Benjamin”. The Deutsche Bahn did not, first effects of the Storm on the rail. Travellers should inform themselves in advance. The storm surge was expected during the Afternoon in Parts of the coasts of lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein as well as Hamburg, Bremen and Bremerhaven. The water level on the water level in Hamburg-St. Pauli should be in the early evening, probably about 2 meters above mean high water, such as the Federal Maritime and hydrographic Agency announced. It looks similar in Bremerhaven, where the vertex is already expected in the afternoon.

+++ 7.28 PM: Austria: fear of avalanches +++

In Austria grows the fear of avalanches. So, come up Thursday in the high mountains, probably another metre of snow. In the deeper layers of 30 to 80 inches are possible, said in Vienna, a spokesman for the Central Institute for meteorology and geodynamics (ZAMG). “The danger that trees lines due to the weight of the snow and the storm on roads, electricity and railway lines, falls, rises from day to day.”

+++ 2.15 p.m.: storm surge in lower Saxony coast + + + expected

The lower Saxony North sea coast prepares for storm and significantly increased water levels caused by storm “Benjamin”. For Tuesday, you can expect a storm surge, said the lower Saxony state office for water management, coastal defence and nature conservation Agency (NLWKN) on Monday in the East Frisian North. Beaches, forelands, and Harbor areas can be under water. With increased water levels, was already in the night to Tuesday and the early hours of the morning. On the East Frisian Islands and on the mainland, preparations for a storm surge would hit. Because of the in the North sea drifting Container ship “MSC Zoe” keep the NLWKN-experts flotsam in view. Further landings on the island of Borkum, Juist and Norderney are quite conceivable.

consequences of the snow chaos

get out of School, avalanche danger and failure at the end of trains – the weather in Bavaria in the Live-Tracker

Persistent snowfall keeps Bayern continue to be in handle. While some of the children about school, it comes out in road and rail transport to disabilities. Keep track of the weather development in the Live Tracker.

DPA +++ 0.20 PM: warning of heavy snow in Saxony +++

The German weather service (DWD) has warned of fertile snow in Saxony, which might locally lead to drifts and snow breakage. Be affected from Tuesday to Thursday noon to the ERZ mountains, the mountains in the district of Mittelsachsen, in the higher West of the Elbe were in the Kreis of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge, in the circle of Zwickau, the city of Chemnitz and the highlands in the Vogtlandkreis. By Tuesday noon, it’ll snow even in the lowlands, prophesied of the forecasters on Monday. Within 48 hours there could be 40 to 60 centimeters of snow, in a traffic jam, around 70 centimeters were even.

messages of Monday, the 7.1.

+++ 19.46 p.m.: snow and chipping wants to learned to be +++

+++ at 16: 47: In Austria, missing snow-Shoe hikers are dead +++

since Saturday, in Austria, missing snow-Shoe hikers are dead. The bodies of 23-year-old woman and her 28-year-old partner have been found under an Avalanche in the Austrian countryside, as the authorities reported. The area of the root end of the hunter and the hunters wanted to control the information, according to the station facilities and the feeding of the deer populate. The Couple had been recorded, according to mountain rescuers by a dust avalanche and into a ditch, ejected. In the Region, the snow depth is around two meters.

meanwhile, the extensive search for two missing hikers in lower Austria was interrupted. “Due to the danger of the situation, we cannot be held responsible for this. The last thing we want is a dead Savior,” said the dispatcher.

+++ 16.20 PM: map – Deep-Benjamin brings the turbulent weather +++

+++ 15.06 PM: weather service announces another snow storm with Gale-force winds and snow drifts to +++

Rising avalanche danger and dangerous snow drifts To add additional new snow in the mountain regions of strong Wind from this Tuesday, as the German weather service (DWD) in Offenbach in advance. Also, Gale-force winds on summits. First of all, it is snowing from the night above 500 to 800 meters, particularly strong in Parts of the black forest, the ore mountains, the Bavarian forest and in the Alps. The DWD warned because of the gusts of wind in front of some of the considerable snow drifts, which could make the traffic on the roads and rails.

as of Tuesday evening the snow line drops to 200 meters. With a lot of snow is expected at lower altitudes, it had to be temporarily but expected with smoothness, said the DWD. Added to this is the Wind. As of Wednesday, the Wind according to the prediction that, in the West and North of the showers. In the South and East is raining or snowing, it is more, in the Alps and in the ore mountains with a strong. The temperatures drop slightly On Tuesday, the maximum values are three to eight degrees and zero degrees in the mountains, on Wednesday at six degrees in the North and minus two degrees at the Alps.

consequences of the snow chaos

get out of School, avalanche danger and failure at the end of trains – the weather in Bavaria in the Live-Tracker

Persistent snowfall keeps Bayern continue to be in handle. While some of the children about school, it comes out in road and rail transport to disabilities. Keep track of the weather development in the Live Tracker.

DPA +++ 13: 41: Landratsamt Miesbach disaster calls due to the snow chaos +++

Due to heavy snowfall, the district office in the Bavarian town of Miesbach has declared a disaster. This was necessary in order to coordinate the different forces better, said a spokeswoman. The winter weather had taken care of on the weekend for Chaos in the South of Bavaria. On Monday, there was more impairment on regional rail routes. All schools in the district of Miesbach near Munich is to remain up to and including Friday closed – not least because of the Gefahrs of snow break and avalanches. In addition, a number of roads in the district are locked.

+++ 12.59 PM: Ski area Hochkar because of Snow closed +++

The Austrian ski resort Hochkar has been closed due to the continued heavy snow with a lot of snow until Further notice. Tourists, employees and residents of the Region should leave on Monday to the field, reported the Austrian news Agency APA, citing authorities. Reason the avalanche danger, and avalanche blasting. The Hochkar Alpine road is also closed.

Meanwhile, two since Saturday in Abtenau in the Tennengau missing snowshoers were buried, according to mountain rescue, probably by an avalanche, as APA reported. Because of the high avalanche danger and bad weather, a search action according to the 28-Year-old and the 23-Year-old is not possible. The couple have control of the hunter area facilities and to wild refill feeding. Since the weekend, there were in Austria and Bavaria already several Deaths in consequence of the winter weather.

+++ 11.30 PM: DJ Ötzi must move because of masses of Snow the start of the Tour +++

the singer DJ Ötzi (“Anton aus Tirol”) is required to move because of the massive amounts of snow in Austria, its the start of the Tour. The for Tuesday’s scheduled opening concert of the nine stops on his “summit tour” on a ski Chalet in Saalbach-Hinterglemm could because of the avalanche danger and blocked roads, not access to take place, informed his Management. “Of course I’m very sad that I have to disappoint my Fans, but it would be irresponsible under these circumstances, the Show. Safety comes first,” said Gerry Friedle alias DJ Ötzi. He hoped that the new Tour is now at 10. February in Kirchberg in Tirol can start.

+++ 11.12 PM: the snow-Chaos in the Alps: Austria grants Ski-Region +++

the Austrian news portals OE24, and report, the police Ski Region Hochkar, due to the heavy snowfall. Guests, employees and the inhabitants were called to leave the area in the course of the day.

+++ 9.46 PM: snow Chaos in Bavaria adheres to +++

The fierce onset of winter in the South of Bavaria takes no end. According to information from the German weather service (DWD), it is expected cases in the Alps and in the foothills of the Alps with heavy snow. Until noon should fall ten to 20 centimeters of snow, in the so-called Jam the periphery of the Eastern Alps up to 40 inches.

meteorologists issued severe weather warnings and referenced, among other things, on the risk of snow breakage. At Bad Tölz in the South of Bavaria, a man died already. According to police reports, was beaten to death a 45-year-old hikers on the Blomberg by a falling Branch broke under the weight of the snow from a tree. The man broke in the accident by Sunday afternoon, the back of the Neck.

According to the weather service, up to 60 centimeters of snow fell in the Alps last, there were some massive problems in the rail and air transport and on the streets. From the afternoon, the snow should be but temporarily subside, said the DWD in Offenbach.

In the entire Alpine region of increased avalanche prevailed danger, according to information from the Bavarian avalanche alerting the location in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, the Chiemgau Alps and the Berchtesgaden Alps, was particularly dangerous. On Saturday, a woman died in upper Bavaria, as it was recorded during a tour of an avalanche.

Due to the weather situation was in a number of Bavarian schools of education. Were affected, among other things, the districts of Ostallgäu, Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen, and Traunstein.

+++ 2.24 PM: Bayern: man from snowy tree slain +++

A 44-year-old ski tour-goers, has been slain at the Blomberg in the upper Bavarian Wacker mountain (in the district of Bad Tölz-Wolfratshausen) from falling Branches of a tree. The man was about 100 meters below the summit of the tree crown, taken to be cancelled under the weight of the snow, it was in the night of Monday by the police. The man from Penzberg was instantly dead. He was, according to police data alone. Following the tour-goers had found him on Sunday afternoon, and the forces alerted.

+++ 0.06 PM: the Second German in Austria an avalanche killed +++

In the case of a second avalanche in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg on Sunday another German winter athletes lost their lives. The 32-Year-old came from the vicinity of Heilbronn, the police announced. He was in the afternoon with a 25-year-old Skier in the area of Damüls on-the-go, as he was away from the secured slopes, buried up to the neck. Before he could be rescued, were deposited more Snow on him, and buried in completely. Rescue workers failed to resuscitate the man. On Sunday a 26 was in the nearby Schoppernau-Year-old from Bavaria, also by an avalanche killed.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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