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Heavy snow in Germany, Austria causes chaos for travelers

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Coral singer in traditional costumes walk through the snow in Eglingen, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Thomas Warnack/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Heavy snow caused travel chaos in parts of Germany and Austria as authorities closed roads and train routes because of avalanche danger and airports reported weather-related cancelations Saturday.

Munich Airport, Germany's second biggest, said 120 flights were canceled and others were delayed while workers cleared runways of snow and removed ice from planes.

German police said one person died and two people were seriously injured when their car skidded into oncoming traffic on icy roads near the town of Bad Toelz.

In Austria, training and the qualification stage for the annual Four Hills ski jump tournament was canceled after more than 50 centimeters (20 inches) of fresh snow fell overnight.

Authorities closed roads around Bischofshofen, where the competition is being held. Austrian railway company OeBB said several train connections in the country were suspended due to the avalanche risk.

Salzburg regional authorities warned against off-trail skiing, adding that "many large, several very large avalanches are likely in the afternoon and overnight" that could affect roads and rail lines.

Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported that the small village of St. Johann was evacuated because authorities feared strong winds could trigger a large avalanche. Meanwhile, some 600 residents and tourists were stuck in the village of Soelktal following a road closure, the station reported.

Innsbruck airport said "current weather conditions have caused major restrictions in air traffic" and urged travelers to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

Significant snowfall is forecast for southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland in coming days.

Separately, authorities in Greece reported travel disruptions due to snowfall in the north of the country.

Media people are covered with snow as they interview politicians during the winter meeting of the Christian Social Union in Seeon, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan.5, 2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
A pier is snow covered after heavy snow falls during the night at the Koenigssee lake in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan.5, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
A ski tourist removes snow froths car after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Tourist cars queue on the main road out of a valley that was blocked after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Firemen have blocked the main road after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Firemen have blocked the main road after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Firemen have blocked the main road after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
A ski tourist removes snow froths car after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
A ski tourist removes snow froths car after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Media people are covered with snow as they interview politicians during the winter meeting of the Christian Social Union in Seeon, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan.5, 2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
Media people are covered with snow as they interview politicians during the winter meeting of the Christian Social Union in Seeon, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan.5, 2019. (Matthias Balk/dpa via AP)
A pier is snow covered after heavy snow falls during the night at the Koenigssee lake in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan.5, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
A pier is snow covered after heavy snow falls during the night at the Koenigssee lake in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan.5, 2019. (Tobias Hase/dpa via AP)
Firemen have blocked the main road after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Firemen have blocked the main road after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Coral singer in traditional costumes walk through the snow in Eglingen, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Thomas Warnack/dpa via AP)
Coral singer in traditional costumes walk through the snow in Eglingen, southern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (Thomas Warnack/dpa via AP)
Tourist cars queue on the main road out of a valley that was blocked after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
Tourist cars queue on the main road out of a valley that was blocked after heavy snow falls in Filzmoos, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)