High snowfall and hurricane gusts predicted for central and eastern Switzerland

Snow storms are predicted for much of the central and eastern parts of Switzerland from Tuesday night onwards, while authorities have warned of an increased avalanche danger. 

A cabin in the Zermatt region of southern Switzerland. Photo by Joël de Vriend on Unsplash
Switzerland is set for high snowfall and swift winds in the coming days. Photo by Joël de Vriend on Unsplash

A low pressure system across Switzerland will see heavy snowfall across much of the country, while winds of up to 160 kilometres an hour have been predicted. 

The snowfall seems largely limited to mountainous areas, with lower lying parts of Switzerland set for rain or dry conditions over the next week. 

Up to 40cm of snow has fallen in several higher altitude parts of Switzerland over the past 24 hours. 

In total, a further 1.5 metres of snow is predicted across mountainous parts of Switzerland until Thursday. 

While this is good news for winter sports enthusiasts, the Swiss Avalanche Research Institute has upped its warning level to 5 due to the continued inclement weather. 

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Public transport connections have also been cancelled due to heavy snow and winds. Trains between Weissbad and Wasserauen have been cut, as have rail connections between Disentis and Andermatt. 

The cable car between Unterterzen and Flumserberg-Tannenboden has also been temporarily suspended. 

The weather will improve ahead of the weekend, with calmer winds and lower snowfall, although there’s good news for weekend skiers and snowboarders, as temperatures are set to remain low. 

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Winter weather to continue in Switzerland this week

Despite the sunshine of late March, winter has made a comeback in Switzerland. Here’s is what’s ahead this week.

Winter weather to continue in Switzerland this week

Swiss residents going through the latter stages of March, with its sunny skies and ‘Sahara dust’ would have been forgiven for thinking the time was right to put the winter jacket away. 

However, winter-like weather is back in Switzerland, having swept across the country as March turned into April. 

Around 50cm of snow fell on parts of Switzerland over the past few days, bringing with it unseasonably cold temperatures to wipe out the springlike weather of late March.

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Swiss meteorological service MeteoNews reported that the snowfall brought welcome relief, particularly in central and lower Valais, in parts of Ticino and in most of Graubünden, cutting the risks of forest fires. 

This week temperatures are expected to rise but only slightly, with MeteoNews forecasting between 7 and 10 degrees and rain through Tuesday.

Wednesday should be sunny and about 13 degrees, followed by changeable and windy weather in the second half of the week.

After that, temperatures should continue to increase, with 20 degrees forecast for much of the country from mid-April onwards. 

It is too early to forecast with certainty what the weather will be like over Easter, but we will keep you posted!

You can follow the forecast for your area here.