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Heavy snow slows road, rail travel in Alps

 A person shovels snow in front of snow-laden houses in  Blatten, in the Loetschental Valley, Switzerland, Sunday Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/dKeystone/Je...

Switzerland Weather

A person shovels snow in front of snow-laden houses in Blatten, in the Loetschental Valley, Switzerland, Sunday Jan. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/dKeystone/Je...

Heavy snow is blanketing much of the central Alpine region between eastern Switzerland and western Austria, bringing road and rail traffic to a crawl. At least one person has died in a weather-related incident.
Three days of snowfall has dumped over 3 feet (1 meter) of fresh snow in some areas.
Part of a major east-west railway link in Austria's Tyrol province remained closed Sunday. Authorities said a Czech man died in Austria on Saturday when a car skidded and hit him as he was fitting snow chains to his own car.
In Switzerland, authorities warned of avalanche risk throughout the Swiss Alps and Jura mountains.
Meteo Suisse predicted an end to the snowfall by Monday and perfect winter sports conditions throughout the week.