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BREAKING: At least five skiers killed in Austrian Alps Avalanche

At least five skiers taking part in a freeriding camp have been killed after an avalanche struck the Austrian Alps, according to The Associated Press.

The avalanche occurred shortly before noon, local time in the Wattener Lizum region, around 30 km (20 miles) southeast of Innsbruck in western Austria.

Local police spokesman stated that two other skiers were injured and 10 were rescued unharmed.

"From Sunday afternoon into the night, mountains snow showers and valley rain showers will affect the area. Higher elevation could see about 10 cm of snow," AccuWeather Meteorologist Adam Douty said.

"Monday may end up dry, but from Tuesday into Wednesday a more significant storm system will bring heavy snow and strong wind to the region."

Douty added that this storm system could significantly increase the avalanche danger during midweek.

The avalanche danger level in the region for Saturday was "considerable," the third highest on a five-point scale.