Mont Blanc rises 4,810 meters above sea level -- that makes it the highest mountain in the Alps. A cable railway takes visitors to the 3,800 meter level – where they can enjoy spectacular views.
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Italy's Planpincieux glacier in the Mont Blanc mountain region is melting at an accelerated rate, alarming nearby residents in Aosta Valley. The section of the glacier concerned weighs around 250,000 tons.
Heavy snowfalls and rain have caused chaos in alpine Austria and northern Italy. Avalanche alerts apply in Austria's East Tirol and Italy's Dolomites and South Tirol. Italy's Po river are among those flooded.
French authorities reported that traffic was moving again after trucks without proper equipment blocked snowplows near the Swiss border.
Snow, ice and heavy rain have caused power outages to tens of thousands of homes. Authorities urged people to stay off the roads after a motorist was killed by a falling tree.
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