Hundreds of people are trapped in Alpine regions, parts of Scandinavia are without electricity, and high winds are causing flight delays and cancellations as deadly winter weather lashes Europe.
At least 12 people have been killed in weather-related incidents over the past week, most of them in avalanches.
In Norway, attempts to find the bodies of four skiers were again put on hold because of poor visibility and heavy snowfall.
A 29-year Swedish woman and three Finns, aged 29, 32 and 36, were presumed dead after a 300m-wide avalanche hit a valley near the northern city of Tromso last week.
In Austria, hundreds of residents were stuck in their homes due to blocked roads and some regions experienced power outages after snow-laden trees took down power lines.
Schools in some regions remained closed for a second day and homeowners were advised to remove snow from their roofs after several buildings collapsed.
On Monday night, 11 German hikers had to be rescued by mountaineers from a cabin near Salzburg after getting snowed in without electricity and little food since Friday.
Other people have also been killed by avalanches in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, and authorities warned that continuing snowfall is increasing the already high risk of more avalanches.
In southern and eastern Germany, people were bracing for more snow, while in the northern coastal city of Hamburg, residents were preparing for a storm flood caused by a winter gale, the German news agency dpa reported.
In the Netherlands, Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol Airport warned of delays and cancellations on Tuesday.
Dutch carrier KLM cancelled 159 flights to and from European destinations.
Low-lying northwestern coastal regions were being hit by strong winds and wild seas, and local water authorities were checking dykes to make sure they were not damaged.
The Noorderzijlvest water authority said it was monitoring dykes because of debris floating in the sea after 281 shipping containers tumbled off a cargo ship in a storm last week. Many of the containers are still at sea and some have broken open, spilling their contents.
Heavy snowfall and strong winds were reported on Tuesday over central Scandinavia, hampering efforts to restore electricity that went out after a major storm swept through northern Europe on January 2.
Further south, heavy snowfall also disrupted traffic across Slovakia, leading to some flight cancellations at Bratislava’s international airport.
In Greece, schools in Athens and many surrounding areas remained closed after snow blanketed the capital and temperatures in some parts of the Mediterranean nation plunged well below freezing.
Dozens of refugees housed in tents in a camp in northern Greece protested about living conditions as temperatures sunk to minus 20C in some areas.