Authorities have warned 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.

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

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

Authorities in Austria had 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.

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