Monday, January 9, 2012

Snow cuts off Austrian region of Vorarlberg

Heavy snow has blocked road and rail services to Austria's western province of Vorarlberg, near the Swiss border.

Fallen trees on the key S16 road cut off access to the Arlberg tunnel between Austria and Switzerland.

Austrian rail service OeBB said the Arlberg train route would be closed on Monday.

Officials said that up to 60cm (23in) snow had fallen overnight into Monday and the risk of avalanches was high, assessed at four on a scale of five.

Since Thursday, the Vorarlberg region has seen two to three metres (6-10ft) of snow.

Areas of Montafon and Bregenzer Wald have been described as cut off and there is no access to a number of ski resorts, including Lech and Zuers. Read More