Heavy snow closes Austrian ski stations

The west and centre of the country have been carpeted in as much as three metres of snow, cutting off some areas.

“We can say statistically… that such quantities of snow above 800m altitude only happen once every 30 to 100 years,” Alexander Radlherr from Austria’s Central Institution for Meteorology and Geodynamics said Thursday.

While demand for road salt has shot up, there had been “big problems in organising deliveries” due to numerous road closures, a spokeswoman for salt manufacturer Salinen Austria company told the APA agency.

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