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Avalanche risk in Austria grows as snowfall continues

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A digger removes shnow in the city center of Miesbach, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities are issuing the highest avalanche warning possible for several regions, while more than 350 residents in Bavaria were snowed in and a teacher was killed while skiing in the Alps.

At least 14 weather-related deaths have been reported in Europe over the last week.

Schools remained closed in parts of Austria and southern Germany on Wednesday, several roads and highways were blocked leading to a 20-kilometer (12.4-mile) traffic jam near Munich and trucks had to deliver food to the snowed-in Bavarian community Buchenhoehe near Berchtesgarden as snow continued falling across the northern Alps.

Austrian news agency APA reported that a 62-year-old teacher was killed while skiing in Mariazeller Buergeralpe in Austria when he fell and got buried in a snowbank.

Many slopes have been closed as a precaution.

A man removes shnow in the city center of Miesbach, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
A Christmas tree and cars are covered with snow in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
A road and trees are covered with snow Warngau, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
Snow covered trees of the Taunus hills stand high above the skyline of Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
A Christmas tree and cars are covered with snow in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
A Christmas tree and cars are covered with snow in Munich, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
A digger removes shnow in the city center of Miesbach, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
A digger removes shnow in the city center of Miesbach, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
A road and trees are covered with snow Warngau, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
A road and trees are covered with snow Warngau, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
A man removes shnow in the city center of Miesbach, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
A man removes shnow in the city center of Miesbach, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. Due to heavy snow fall the Miesbach county announced a disater alert. (Lino Mirgeler/dpa via AP)
Snow covered trees of the Taunus hills stand high above the skyline of Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Snow covered trees of the Taunus hills stand high above the skyline of Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)