An avalanche hit a resort in Crans-Montana (Sierre district, Valais canton) at approximately 14:00 (local time) on Tuesday, February 19. Officials report four people were wounded and at least 12 others are missing as of Tuesday evening, and a search operation of over 200 rescuers is underway. The European Avalanche Warning Services (EAWS) maintains Level 2 (the second-lowest level on a five-tier scale) avalanche and heavy snow warnings for the area as of Wednesday morning, February 20. Consequent transportation disruptions are possible in the affected areas in the coming days.
Individuals present in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports and updates from the European Avalanche Warning Services (EAWS), confirm travel reservations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation or shelter-in-place orders).
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