Massive snow slams parts of Central Europe

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Various (RTV / NBC News Channel) -- Massive snow drifts, travel troubles and busy ski slopes are left in the wake of blizzards this week in Central Europe.

At an open air museum in Slovakia, workers rushed to remove piles of snow from the roofs of historic houses.

They used metal chains slipped under the snow to deep snow cover to the ground, to prevent damage of the wooden buildings.

Heavy snowfall over the weekend caused several deaths in Austria and Germany, avalanches in The Alps and travel chaos across the region.

A Polish town that's also a popular ski resort was blanketed with snow.

Drivers struggled to clear snow from their cars, and to move them from snow drifts.

But, skiers were eager to take advantage of the fresh powder.

In southern Germany, snow led to train delays and long traffic jams on highways.

One train had to be freed from snow by workers with shovels.

On a busy divided highway, traffic was moving.

But, some truck drivers were stranded at a rest stop after their vehicles got stuck in snow or skidded on ice.



 
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