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Snow Storm in Austria on Sunday, 08 January, 2012 at 05:21 (05:21 AM) UTC.

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Heavier than usual snowfall and high winds have caused chaos on roads and railways in many areas of Austria. About 1.2 metres of fresh snow has fallen, closing sections of highway and isolating some towns since Thursday. Avalanche risk is extreme as more snow is forecast in the coming days. Snowfall trapped some 15,000 tourists at ski resorts on the Arlberg Mountain on Friday, and while some roads are open there, others remain closed, the BBC said. To prepare itself for any potential disasters, the Austrian army has put helicopters on alert. High winds are also whipping the alpine nation, the International Business Times (IBT) reported. The most snow has fallen in the western states of Tyrol and Vorarlberg. A government official in Vorarlberg said 52 people were rescued by an army helicopter there. An important rail line that connects Vienna and Innsbruck with western Austria and Switzerland was to be closed until Sunday, the IBT said. Two rail lines that connect western Austria with Germany were also closed.

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