Austria: 3 German skiers killed in avalanche, 4th missing

BERLIN (AP) – The police say that three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps and a fourth is missing.

The bodies of the 57, 36 and 32-year-old men were found at Lech on Saturday night, a few hours after the wife of one of the skiers had reported them missing. The police in Vorarlberg, the westernmost province of Austria, said Sunday that they had to cancel the search for another German, at the age of 28, due to heavy snowfall and the risk of avalanches.

The deaths from the avalanche bring at least 24 the number of weather-related deaths reported in parts of Europe this month.

On Saturday the authorities in southern Germany and Austria used a break to remove heavy snow from roofs and roads.

The tower of the Loferer church is seen through the snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019 after a heavy snowfall. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

The tower of the Loferer church is seen through the snow in Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019 after a heavy snowfall. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A truck and a traditional cart pass each other in the snowy village of Nesutychi, 140 km west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, January 12, 2019. Daily temperatures fell to about -3 degrees Celsius (27 Fahrenheit) in Belarus. (AP Photo / Sergei Grits)

A truck and a traditional cart pass each other in the snowy village of Nesutychi, 140 km west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, January 12, 2019. Daily temperatures fell to about -3 degrees Celsius (27 Fahrenheit) in Belarus. (AP Photo / Sergei Grits)

A truck and a traditional cart pass each other in the snowy village of Nesutychi, 140 km west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, January 12, 2019. Daily temperatures fell to about -3 degrees Celsius (27 Fahrenheit) in Belarus. (AP Photo / Sergei Grits)

A man drives a traditional cart through the wind in the snowy village of Nesutychi, 140 kilometers west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, January 12, 2019. Daily temperature dropped to about - 3 C (27 F) in Belarus. (AP Photo / Sergei Grits)

A man drives a traditional cart through the wind in the snowy village of Nesutychi, 140 kilometers west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, January 12, 2019. Daily temperature dropped to about - 3 C (27 F) in Belarus. (AP Photo / Sergei Grits)

A man drives a traditional cart through the wind in the snowy village of Nesutychi, 140 kilometers west of Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, January 12, 2019. Daily temperature dropped to about – 3 C (27 F) in Belarus. (AP Photo / Sergei Grits)

A man prepares a horse for tourists during a cold winter day on a hill, near the Cathedral of the Assumption, built in the sixteenth century in the background, in the small Russian town of Dmitrov, about 75 kilometers north of Moscow, Russia, Saturday January 12, 2019. Temperatures dipped to -10 C (14 F) in Moscow and -13 C (9 F) at night. (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A man prepares a horse for tourists during a cold winter day on a hill, near the Cathedral of the Assumption, built in the sixteenth century in the background, in the small Russian town of Dmitrov, about 75 kilometers north of Moscow, Russia, Saturday January 12, 2019. Temperatures dipped to -10 C (14 F) in Moscow and -13 C (9 F) at night. (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

A man prepares a horse for tourists during a cold winter day on a hill, near the Cathedral of the Assumption, built in the sixteenth century in the background, in the small Russian town of Dmitrov, about 75 kilometers north of Moscow, Russia, Saturday January 12, 2019. Temperatures dipped to -10 C (14 F) in Moscow and -13 C (9 F) at night. (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Solidiers from the Austrian Bundesheer clean a roof of snow on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Waidring. Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Solidiers from the Austrian Bundesheer clean a roof of snow on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Waidring. Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Solidiers from the Austrian Bundesheer clean a roof of snow on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Waidring. Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A railway cleans snow from the rails on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Hochfilzen, the Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A railway cleans snow from the rails on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Hochfilzen, the Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A railway cleans snow from the rails on Saturday, January 12, 2019 in Hochfilzen, the Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A man cleans snow on a roof on Saturday January 12, 2019 in St. Jakob, the Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A man cleans snow on a roof on Saturday January 12, 2019 in St. Jakob, the Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A man cleans snow on a roof on Saturday January 12, 2019 in St. Jakob, the Austrian province of Tyrol. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker made his way on the river Saalach on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker made his way on the river Saalach on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker made his way on the river Saalach on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker made his way on the river Saalach on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker made his way on the river Saalach on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Kayaker made his way on the river Saalach on Saturday 12 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Men clean a roof from the snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Men clean a roof from the snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Men clean a roof from the snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A danger sign "avalanche danger" displayed on a closed street in Weissbach near Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A danger sign "avalanche danger" displayed on a closed street in Weissbach near Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A danger sign "avalanche danger" displayed on a closed street in Weissbach near Lofer, Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A snow blower works on a road in the Loferer Alp, Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A snow blower works on a road in the Loferer Alp, Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A snow blower works on a road in the Loferer Alp, Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday 11 January 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Two women make their way through the fresh snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Two women make their way through the fresh snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

Two women make their way through the fresh snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg on Friday, January 11, 2019. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

The tower of the Lofererkerk is seen through the snow on Friday 11 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

The tower of the Lofererkerk is seen through the snow on Friday 11 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

The tower of the Lofererkerk is seen through the snow on Friday 11 January 2019 in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

A car drives on a snowy street in the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden, Germany, Friday 11 January 2018, after Austria and southern Germany were hit by heavy snowfall. (Lino Mirgeler / dpa via AP)

A car drives on a snowy street in the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden, Germany, Friday 11 January 2018, after Austria and southern Germany were hit by heavy snowfall. (Lino Mirgeler / dpa via AP)

A car drives on a snowy street in the Bavarian town of Berchtesgaden, Germany, Friday 11 January 2018, after Austria and southern Germany were hit by heavy snowfall. (Lino Mirgeler / dpa via AP)

A road in a forest is cleared of snow in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday 10 January 2019, after Austria and southern Germany have been hit by heavy snow. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa via AP)

A road in a forest is cleared of snow in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday 10 January 2019, after Austria and southern Germany have been hit by heavy snow. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa via AP)

A road in a forest is cleared of snow in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday 10 January 2019, after Austria and southern Germany have been hit by heavy snow. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa via AP)

A railway vehicle from the German army delivers food to a village near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday 10 January 2019 after southern Germany and Austria have been hit by heavy snowfall. (Bernd Maerz / dpa via AP)

A railway vehicle from the German army delivers food to a village near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday 10 January 2019 after southern Germany and Austria have been hit by heavy snowfall. (Bernd Maerz / dpa via AP)

A railway vehicle from the German army delivers food to a village near Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday 10 January 2019 after southern Germany and Austria have been hit by heavy snowfall. (Bernd Maerz / dpa via AP)

A man and a bus set out on a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria had been hit by heavy snow. (Tobias Hase / dpa via AP)

A man and a bus set out on a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria had been hit by heavy snow. (Tobias Hase / dpa via AP)

A man and a bus set out on a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria had been hit by heavy snow. (Tobias Hase / dpa via AP)

A snow plow cleans a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria were hit by heavy snowfall. (Tobias Hase / dpa via AP)

A snow plow cleans a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria were hit by heavy snowfall. (Tobias Hase / dpa via AP)

A snow plow cleans a street in Berchtesgaden, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after large parts of southern Germany and Austria were hit by heavy snowfall. (Tobias Hase / dpa via AP)

A car drives on a road through a forest in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after Austria and southern Germany were struck by heavy snowfall. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa via AP)

A car drives on a road through a forest in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after Austria and southern Germany were struck by heavy snowfall. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa via AP)

A car drives on a road through a forest in Schongau, southern Germany, Thursday, January 10, 2019 after Austria and southern Germany were struck by heavy snowfall. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand / dpa via AP)

People cleared a roof from the snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, January 11, 2019. In Salzburg, all parks, public gardens, playgrounds and cemeteries were closed on Friday because of the danger of trees under the weight of snow. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

People cleared a roof from the snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, January 11, 2019. In Salzburg, all parks, public gardens, playgrounds and cemeteries were closed on Friday because of the danger of trees under the weight of snow. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

People cleared a roof from the snow in Lofer, the Austrian province of Salzburg, Friday, January 11, 2019. In Salzburg, all parks, public gardens, playgrounds and cemeteries were closed on Friday because of the danger of trees under the weight of snow. (AP Photo / Kerstin Joensson)

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