A heavy snowfall paralyzed much of Europe for another day, cutting mountain villages, triggering avalanches like the one that crashed into a Swiss hotel and killing at least four people.
- At least 21 hours related deaths have been reported in Europe in the last 10 days
- Military helicopters and tanks are used to help trapped people
- Many public areas remain closed due to danger of trees breaking under the weight of snow  The workers of the Hotel Saentis, in eastern Switzerland, spent Friday shoveling the fresh snow after a 300-meter avalanche smashed through the windows of the hotel Thursday afternoon and piled up in the halls and in the dining room.
Local police said three people were injured by the avalanche in Schwaegalp.
At least 21
A Sydney teenager died Thursday after being "completely buried" by an avalanche during a family vacation in the Austrian Alps.
The Bulgarian Red Cross said that two snowboarders were killed in an avalanche in south-western Bulgaria, in the Pirin Mountains.
Snow has accumulated outside the Hotel Saentis in Switzerland after the avalanche. (AP: Gian Ehrenzeller)
A snowplow driver also died in Germany after his vehicle fell into a frozen river, while an electric worker in Albania suffered a fatal heart attack while repairing damaged power lines.
helicopters transported 66 German teenagers to a mountain guest house where they had been stuck for several days.
About 2,000 soldiers and other emergency workers in Albania were tasked with helping people trapped by snow and freeing up roads to restore access to isolated villages
Cities in the South-West Serbia has introduced emergency measures, warning of accumulation of snow on the roads and isolation of mountain villages, as reported by the Serbian state TV.
Most of the schools in the area have closed and 10 people have been rescued from their homes. Strong winds have complicated the work of emergency crews.
In neighboring Montenegro, meteorologist Dragan Buric said that the first 10 days of January were among the coldest that the country has seen for decades.
"We snowed in the capital (Podgorica) in January for the first time in nine years," Buric told Montenegrin state television.
In the central Bosnian municipality of Kladanj, the snow broke the power supply and cut the telephone lines.
A man with a lawn mower clears a road in the Giant Mountains, Czech Republic. (AP: David Tanecek)
Zijad Vejzovic, of the Civil Protection Agency, has declared that the authorities have declared a & # 39; ;emergency.
"Because of the heavy snowfall, in some parts more than one meter high, some roads have been" We need more cars, we have run out of resources and money "
In Germany and Austria, where heavy snow has provoked deadly avalanches and serious discomforts in the last days, the situation was lightening …
A shepherd leads a flock of sheep on snow-covered meadows in Belgrade, Serbia. (AP: Darko Vojinovic)
The airlines canceled about 120 flights at Frankfurt airport and 90 at Munich airport due to snow concerns.
In the German city of Chemnitz, all the burials in the municipal cemetery were called because of the snow
In the Austrian city of Salzburg, all the parks, public gardens, playgrounds and cemeteries were closed due to the danger represented from the trees that broke under the weight of the snow.
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Vespa scooter covered with snow in Zurich, Switzerland. (AP: Walter Bieri)