Avalanche warning in France

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Associated Press

Posted on January 8, 2010 at 2:11 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 8 at 2:11 PM

PARIS (AP) — An avalanche warning is up in France. The weather service has issued the warning for the Alps and the Pyrenees for this weekend.

The warning comes after days of heavy snow and strong winds. Some travelers have abandoned plans to hit the slopes because of closed roads.

Last weekend, avalanches killed three people in France and seven people in Switzerland.

Snow has piled up from Normandy to Marseille on the Mediterranean shore. The regional traffic center says almost a foot of snow fell in southern France, with snow drifts more than three feet deep.

Snowstorms cut electricity to thousands of homes.

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