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High avalanche risk in Alps amid heavy snow; 2 dead

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Musher Michael Ruopp is pulled by his huskies as he rides on a field near Lichtenstein, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Thomas Warnack/dpa via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities warned Sunday of a high risk of avalanches on the northern side of the Alps, after heavy snowfall in recent days created dangerous conditions across parts of southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

A 20-year-old skier died in an avalanche Saturday on Mount Teisen, near the Austrian border, German police said. The woman's five companions were unharmed.

In Austria, public broadcaster ORF reported that a 26-year-old man died Sunday after being struck by an avalanche while skiing near the town of Schoppernau.

Authorities in Austria closed some roads and train lines because of avalanche risks, while airports in the region have seen delays as workers struggled to clear the large amount of fresh snow and de-ice planes.

Hundreds of passengers were stuck for hours on a train early Sunday after a snow-laden tree crashed onto the tracks near Kitzbuehel, Austria. About 14,000 households were temporarily left without electricity in northern Austria because of damage to power lines.

ORF reported that about 600 residents and tourists were still stuck in the Austrian village of Soelktal following a road closure. An Austrian army helicopter managed to drop some supplies there on Sunday.

Officials in the nearby Salzburg region described the situation as "very precarious," noting that large avalanches could be triggered spontaneously.

The German weather service DWD forecast a further 40 centimeters (almost 16 inches) of snowfall in some areas by Monday.

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European Avalanche Warning Services: http://www.avalanches.org/eaws/en/main.php

An aircraft is de-iced at the airport of Munich, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6,2019. (Stefan Puchner/dpa via AP)
Trees stand on a snow covered field in Kaufbeuren, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
Cars at a car dealer are hidden under snow after heavy snow falls in Schongau, southern Germany, Sunday, Jan.6,2019. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
Icycles hang in a tree of the black forest in Seebach, southern Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Uli Deck/dpa via AP)
A man cross-country skies with a kite in Piani di Pezza, near Rocca di Mezzo, Abruzzo region, after a heavy snowstorm, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A man cross-country skies with a kite in Piani di Pezza, near Rocca di Mezzo, Abruzzo region, after a heavy snowstorm, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A dog reaches for a snowball in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, following a snowfall, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A dog reaches for a snowball in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, following a snowfall, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A swam swims on the river Rhine in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on Saturday, 5 January 2019. (Melanie Duchene/Keystone via AP)
A swam swims on the river Rhine in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on Saturday, 5 January 2019. (Melanie Duchene/Keystone via AP)
Trees stand on a snow covered field in Kaufbeuren, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
Trees stand on a snow covered field in Kaufbeuren, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
Cars at a car dealer are hidden under snow after heavy snow falls in Schongau, southern Germany, Sunday, Jan.6,2019. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
Cars at a car dealer are hidden under snow after heavy snow falls in Schongau, southern Germany, Sunday, Jan.6,2019. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
A man cross-country skiis in Piani di Pezza, near Rocca di Mezzo, Italy, in the Abruzzo region, after a heavy snowstorm, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A man cross-country skiis in Piani di Pezza, near Rocca di Mezzo, Italy, in the Abruzzo region, after a heavy snowstorm, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A boy plays with a dog in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, following a snowfall, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A boy plays with a dog in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, following a snowfall, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A cat makes its way through snow in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A cat makes its way through snow in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
A woman on skates pushes a pram on the frozen
A woman on skates pushes a pram on the frozen "Lac des Tailleres" lake (1040 meters above sea level) on the Jura mountain massif in La Brevine, Switzerland, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
People walk in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, following a snowfall, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
People walk in the central Italian Abruzzo region village of Rovere, following a snowfall, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Musher Michael Ruopp is pulled by his huskies as he rides on a field near Lichtenstein, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Thomas Warnack/dpa via AP)
Musher Michael Ruopp is pulled by his huskies as he rides on a field near Lichtenstein, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Thomas Warnack/dpa via AP)
A swam swims on the river Rhine in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on Saturday, 5 January 2019. (Melanie Duchene/Keystone via AP)
A swam swims on the river Rhine in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, on Saturday, 5 January 2019. (Melanie Duchene/Keystone via AP)
A man skates  on the frozen 'Oeschinensee' mountain lake near Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)
A man skates on the frozen 'Oeschinensee' mountain lake near Kandersteg in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)
An aircraft is de-iced at the airport of Munich, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6,2019. (Stefan Puchner/dpa via AP)
An aircraft is de-iced at the airport of Munich, Germany, Sunday, Jan.6,2019. (Stefan Puchner/dpa via AP)
Icycles hang in a tree of the black forest in Seebach, southern Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Uli Deck/dpa via AP)
Icycles hang in a tree of the black forest in Seebach, southern Germany, Sunday, Jan.6, 2019. (Uli Deck/dpa via AP)