Storms strike Switzerland at end of holiday weekend

Storms strike Switzerland at end of holiday weekend
The Pentecost long weekend was a mixed bag when it came to weather. File photo of Lake Geneva: AFP
Heavy rain in parts of Switzerland on Monday night caused road closures while landslides affected train services.

Among the worst hit areas were parts of western Switzerland's Jura region, the central Alps and canton Graubünden in eastern Switzerland, according to private weather channel MeteoNews.

While conditions have now become calmer, conditions on Tuesday night caused traffic disruptions.

The key A2 road was closed in both directions on Monday night because of high water levels on the Reuss river. The road was reopened at 5am on Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, train services north of the Gotthard Tunnel between Göschenen and Erstfeld are currently not running after a mudslide forced a line closure. Replacement buses are running.

Services are expected to resume at around midday, Tuesday, according to Swiss rail operator SBB

Showers and overcast conditions are forecast for much of Switzerland on Tuesday although it should drier and sunnier in the country’s east.

Things will brighten up on Wednesday while Thursday is set to bring the best of the week’s weather.

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