Heavy Snowfall Leaves Thousands Stranded In Alps

A reconnaissance flight is planned over the area to help determine the situation and how to proceed

Heavy snow leaves thousands of tourists stranded at Swiss ski resort

A webcam captured the moment an avalanche struck in the Swiss Alpine resort of Zermatt on January 4.

Trains began running again in the Zermatt ski station on Wednesday after crews dug through mounds of snow blocking the tracks, offering relief to thousands of tourists stranded at the popular Swiss resort.

The intense snowfall in the Zermatt and Saas valleys was part of a broader weather pattern that was causing mudslides and intensifying the avalanche risk across a broad swathe of south-western Switzerland.

Earlier: Swiss authorities near the famed Matterhorn peak have closed ski slopes, hiking trails, cable cars, roads and train services into Zermatt amid a heightened risk of avalanches, stranding 13,000 tourists in the town. "It's a bit romantic", resort spokesperson Janine Imesch said. The snow has blocked all roads and rail lines leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by power outages.

HUD awards $109 million to Illinois homeless programs
On the other hand, the report said, veteran homelessness decreased 4.1 percent and chronic homelessness decreased by 35.9 percent. The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 23 percent since 2016 and 60 percent since 2010 .

On the French side, where Meteo France said Tuesday the avalanche threat has diminished, rescuers were able to start looking for a British skier missing for the past two days, with a helicopter searching the area where a signal from his mobile phone was last picked up.

Snow and broken branches filled the building's corridors and staircases, but the 29 people who were inside at the time escaped unharmed. "People are enjoying the snow, going shopping, eating and drinking". Due to heavy snowfall in the region interrupted by road and rail.

At lower altitudes, heavy rains have meanwhile forced the evacuation of around 20 people from the tiny village of Eyholz, and the hamlet of Mottec was also emptied as a precaution, the RTS broadcaster reported.

French forecasters said snowfall in the Savoie area of the Alps was only seen "once in every 30 years" after an estimated 1.8 meters fell over 36 hours. The man was on a family holiday when he went missing on Sunday afternoon, a spokesman for Tignes gendarmerie said.

Latest News