Snow, wind and cold nights: Winter weather on the way in Switzerland

Even though winter doesn’t officially start until December 21, the weather says otherwise. This is what you can expect in Switzerland in the coming hours and days.

Up to 40 cm of fresh snow is forecast for Switzerland over the weekend. Photo by Johann GRODER / AFP
Up to 40 cm of fresh snow is forecast for Switzerland over the weekend. Photo by Johann GRODER / AFP

Snow is continuously being dumped above 1,400 metres on the northern slope of the Alps.

From 20 to 40 centimetres of fresh snow is expected to fall from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, and then again from Sunday, according to MeteoNews.

At the same time, the danger of avalanches is increasing in many areas.

In the lowlands, the weekend will be cold and wet, with temperatures just above zero.

It will also be very gusty in parts of the country, especially in northwest of the Alpine ridge, where wind peaks of up to 100 km / h are forecast.

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Swiss snowman predicts hot summer ahead

Switzerland is set for a lovely summer if a Zurich tradition is to be believed.

Swiss snowman predicts hot summer ahead
Photo: Zürich Tourism/Adrian Seitz
Yesterday the city’s Sechseläuten festival culminated in the traditional burning of the Böögg, a giant snowman packed with firecrackers and burnt at the stake to symbolize the end of winter. 
According to folklore, the quicker the Böögg’s head explodes, the better weather it will be over the summer ahead. 
This year the Böögg took nine minutes and 56 seconds to explode, a fairly quick time forecasting a hot summer. 
The shortest ever time was in 2003 when the Böögg exploded in just five minutes 42 seconds – and Switzerland went on to have an extremely hot summer, one of the hottest on record in fact.
However the Böögg isn’t always correct. Last year during a rainy Sechseläuten the Böögg took 43 minutes and 34 seconds to explode, the longest time on record. But instead of ushering in a miserable summer, it was actually quite hot and dry.