The Latest: Tourists in Italy evacuated after avalanche

The Latest on winter weather in Europe (all times local):

10.50 a.m.

The news agency ANSA says some 75 tourists and residents are being evacuated after an avalanche near a hotel in the South Tyrol region of northern Italy.

ANSA reported Tuesday that the landslide hit near the Langtauferer Hof hotel in the high Venosta Valley overnight, also coming close to a farm where children are taught about agriculture.

According to ANSA, the tourists and residents were being evacuated by helicopter. The situation was under control and the evacuees calm.

There was no immediate word on damage, but an open area in front of the hotel was being used as a helicopter landing port.

Heavy snow in northern Italy has created dangerous conditions and higher alerts for avalanches.


9:40 a.m.

Landslides and heavy snowfall across the Alps have prompted the closure of several rail and road links, including a highway leading to Switzerland's Gotthard tunnel toward Italy.

Swiss public broadcaster SRF reported that the A2 highway near Gurtnellen was hit by an avalanche and will remain closed in both directions until at least midday Tuesday.

The Swiss ski resorts of Zermatt, Andermatt and Saas-Fee are cut off from the outside world due to the risk of avalanches.

Heavy snowfall has also hampered the arrival of participants at the annual World Economic Forum in the Swiss town of Davos.

Schools in some cut-off villages in Austria's western state of Tyrol remained closed Tuesday, according to Austrian broadcaster ORF.