Winter Weather Turns Fatal and Dangerous



epaselect epa07275740 A bus caught by an avalanche next to Hotel Saentis, with search-and-rescue workers, on the Schwaegalp, Switzerland, in Hundwil, Switzerland, 11 January 2019. According to local police, an avalanche has hit the the hotel ‘Saentis’ on 10 January afternoon, burrying cars and part of the restaurant. Several people were injured, the report stated. EPA-EFE/GIAN EHRENZELLER

Courtney Mincolleli, Staff Writer

Recently, several people have died or gone missing due to the extreme winter weather in European countries. In one incident, sixteen people were killed by an avalanche and another three died with one missing due to an avalanche in Austria. Meanwhile, on the French Alps, two ski patrollers were killed. “The severe weather has been fueled by a persistent area of low pressure,” says World Meteorological Organization. Temperatures have dropped to -9 degrees Fahrenheit and there has been heavy snowfall. The treacherous conditions have lead to power outages and made the roads untravelable. The weather continues to get more hazardous and there is no sign of relief.