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    Snow in Austria Strands Tourists, Halts Trains

    January 8, 2012; 8:40 AM ET
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    Snow ploughs try to clear the streets in Fiss, western Austria, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. Heavy snowfalls captured Austria and southern Germany and caused big traffic problems. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    As much as four feet (1.2 meters) has fallen in parts of Austria since Thursday.

    The heavy snow, combined with high winds have shut down roads and railways. The railway between Oetzal and Bludenz has been shut down and is not scheduled to reopen until Sunday afternoon.

    There are about 2,000 homes that have lost power due to the snow storm.

    Friday, about 15,000 tourists and locals were stranded at ski resorts on the Arlberg mountain when roads were closed. The roads have since reopened.

    Officials fearing avalanches have put the helicopters of the Austrian army on high alert.

    There are no reports of any injuries or fatalities.

    More snow is forecast for Austria in the coming week.

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