Austria: 3 German skiers killed in avalanche, 4th missing

The steeple of the Loferer church is seen through the snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 after a heavy snowfall. (A

The steeple of the Loferer church is seen through the snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 after a heavy snowfall. (A

A man rides a traditional cart through the wind in the snow-covered village of Nesutychi, 140 kilometers (87 miles) west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday,

A man rides a traditional cart through the wind in the snow-covered village of Nesutychi, 140 kilometers (87 miles) west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday,

A man prepares a horse to ride tourists during a cold winter day at a hill, near the Assumption Cathedral built in XVI century in the background, in t

A man prepares a horse to ride tourists during a cold winter day at a hill, near the Assumption Cathedral built in XVI century in the background, in t

Solidiers from the Austrian Bundesheer clean a roof from snow on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Waidring. Austrian province of Tyrol.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joe

Solidiers from the Austrian Bundesheer clean a roof from snow on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Waidring. Austrian province of Tyrol.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joe

A railway cleans snow from the rails on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Hochfilzen, Austrian province of Tyrol.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

A railway cleans snow from the rails on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Hochfilzen, Austrian province of Tyrol.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

A man cleans snow from a roof on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in St. Jakob, Austrian province of Tyrol.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

A man cleans snow from a roof on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in St. Jakob, Austrian province of Tyrol.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker make their way on the river Saalach on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker make their way on the river Saalach on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker make their way on the river Saalach on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker make their way on the river Saalach on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Men clean a roof from snow  in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Men clean a roof from snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

A danger sign " danger of avalanches" displayed at a closed street in Weissbach near Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.(AP

A danger sign " danger of avalanches" displayed at a closed street in Weissbach near Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.(AP

A snow blower works on a road at the Loferer Alp, Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 .(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

A snow blower works on a road at the Loferer Alp, Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 .(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Two woman make their way through the fresh snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Two woman make their way through the fresh snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

The steeple of the Loferer church is seen through the snow on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson

The steeple of the Loferer church is seen through the snow on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg.(AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson

A car drives on a snow covered street at the Bavarian city Berchtesgaden, Germany, Friday, Jan 11, 2018, after Austria and southern Germany were hit b

A car drives on a snow covered street at the Bavarian city Berchtesgaden, Germany, Friday, Jan 11, 2018, after Austria and southern Germany were hit b

A road in a forest is cleaned from snow in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after Austria and southern Germany were hit by heavy sn

A road in a forest is cleaned from snow in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after Austria and southern Germany were hit by heavy sn

A track vehicle of the German army provides food to a village near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after southern Germany and

A track vehicle of the German army provides food to a village near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after southern Germany and

A man and a bus make their way on a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austr

A man and a bus make their way on a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austr

A snow plough cleans a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria were hit b

A snow plough cleans a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria were hit b

A car drives on a road through a forest in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after Austria and southern Germany were hit by heavy sn

A car drives on a road through a forest in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019 after Austria and southern Germany were hit by heavy sn

People clear a roof from snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. In Salzburg, all parks, public gardens, play areas and c

People clear a roof from snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. In Salzburg, all parks, public gardens, play areas and c

BERLIN (AP) — Police say three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps and a fourth is missing.

The bodies of the men, aged 57, 36 and 32, were recovered Saturday evening near Lech, a few hours after the wife of one of the skiers reported them missing. Police in Vorarlberg, Austria's westernmost province, said Sunday they had to call off the search for another German, age 28, because of heavy snow and the risk of avalanches.

The avalanche deaths bring to at least 24 the number of weather-related deaths reported in parts of Europe this month.

On Saturday, authorities in southern Germany and Austria used a break in the weather to clear heavy loads of snow from roofs and roads.