Updated: 1/9/2018 5:44:19 AM
Italy is warning of extreme avalanche danger in its northwest Piedmont region, while an avalanche already has blocked a road in the neighboring region of Valle d'Aosta. Italian news agency ANSA says no injuries were reported from Monday's avalanche that isolated Cogne, an Alpine town popular with tourists. Firefighters and others were trying to clear the road. Also Monday, the regional environmental protection agency ARPA said the threat of avalanches in northwestern Piedmont was "very strong" and rated at the maximum Level 5 on the danger scale. The agency warned of "possible spontaneous avalanches of medium and large dimensions that could impact roads or infrastructure in the valleys below."
Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The road to the Italian ski resort of Cervinia was closed due to avalanche risk on Monday.
The road from Valtournenche to Cervinia is the only way to get to the famed resort. At the moment, around 5,000 people are staying in the resort below the Gran Becca mountain. This is the second time in five days that the Cervinia road has been closed because of heavy snow and avalanche risk. On Thursday the road was shut down for almost 24 hours, leaving 10,000 tourists stranded.
The road system is already taken from the town of Valtournenche. In a few hours in Cervinia fell more than 2 meters of snow. Breuil-Cervinia is a mountain resort belonging to the municipality of Valtournenche (Valle d'Aosta), renowned winter and summer tourist resort of the Alps. It is located at an altitude of 2050 m asl, at the foot of the Matterhorn.
Italy Snow Storm Facts
Affected Area: 60 km.
Alert Level: Orange