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Thousands without electricity in Slovenia as bad weather also causes travel chaos in Balkans

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    A road sweeping vehicle clears snow from the road near the city of Backa Topola, northern Serbia, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Snow drifts formed by stormy winds have blocked two passenger trains and dozens of vehicles in northern Serbia, while authorities closed down several roads and a border crossing with Hungary. The state railway company says two trains to and from Hungary got stuck early on Saturday because of meters-high snow piles that formed on the railway. Emergency officials say several dozen passengers from the trains will be evacuated.(AP Photo/Darko Dozet) SERBIA OUT (The Associated Press)

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    A road sweeping vehicle clears snow from the road near the city of Vrbas, northern Serbia, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014. Snow drifts formed by stormy winds have blocked two passenger trains and dozens of vehicles in northern Serbia, while authorities closed down several roads and a border crossing with Hungary. The state railway company says two trains to and from Hungary got stuck early on Saturday because of meters-high snow piles that formed on the railway. Emergency officials say several dozen passengers from the trains will be evacuated. (AP Photo/Darko Dozet) SERBIA OUT (The Associated Press)

Tens of thousands of people are without electricity in Slovenia and Croatia after icy rain and sleet caused major disruption in the supply, as hundreds of motorists were evacuated overnight from their vehicles in Serbia where massive snow drifts have caused widespread travel chaos.

Authorities in Slovenia say the worst hit is the country's west. Several roads have been blocked.

In neighboring Croatia, freezing rain has also closed roads and shut the railway traffic in the northwest.

In Serbia, meanwhile, authorities used diggers to clear roads and evacuate several hundred people from snow drifts formed by strong winds in the north.