Parts of Austria, southern Germany sink deeper into snow
Snow all over
Parts of Austria and southern Germany are sinking deeper into snow, with several places cut off from the outside world and snowfall expected to continue until Friday morning.
Snow was causing problems in other parts of Europe, even in Norway's Arctic Svalbard archipelago.
Railway lines closed
Several railway lines in the Alps were closed because of the snow, trucks and cars got stuck for hours on a highway in southwestern Germany and schools were closed in parts of Bavaria.
Austrian police said that a 16-year-old boy from Australia was killed in an avalanche in St. Anton am Arlberg as he was skiing with his family on Wednesday. In neighboring Slovakia, the mountain rescue service said a 37-year-old Slovak man was killed by an avalanche in the Mala Fatra mountains.
That brought to at least 16 the number of weather-related deaths reported in Europe over the last week.
Roads into several places were closed, among them Galtuer in western Austria, where a massive avalanche in 1999 killed 31 people.
A full day power cut
In the Czech Republic, around 9,000 households were without electricity on Thursday after heavy snow in regions bordering Germany and Austria.
On the Svalbard islands, more than 100 people were evacuated as a precaution because of a storm and the risk of avalanches.
Norwegian news agency NTB said 29 dwellings at the foot of the Sukkertoppen mountain were evacuated, and a school, kindergartens, a sports facility and public library closed. In the north of mainland Norway, authorities warned of a risk of avalanches.