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Treacherous Snowfall Hits Some Part Of Europe

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There was some respite in Austria on Friday, after three metres (10ft) of snow fell in some parts in previous days. Seven people have died in the past week and two hikers have been missing since Saturday.

“Such quantities of snow above 800m altitude only happen once every 30 to 100 years,” said Alexander Radlherr from Austria’s Central. Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics.

The Austrian military sent helicopters to blow snow off treetops to reduce the risk of trees falling on roads and rails.

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In northern Norway, a lorry driver described on Friday morning how he
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Conditions on Friday were particularly treacherous in Bavaria, where the local broadcaster said snowfalls were paralysing public life. Rail services were worst hit in the south and east of the state and roads were cut off by drifts and falling trees.

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