Increased avalanche risk in Valais

MeteoSwiss written this saturday morning: “Due to the amounts of snow that have already fallen on Friday, and based on the most recent forecasts increasing the amounts expected in the next 36 hours, the degree of danger in mountain regions has been raised to level 3.”

On Friday, peaks reaching 150 km / h were measured in French-speaking Switzerland. Quoted by the ATS, Meteonews recorded gusts of up to 150 km / h at the top of Moléson, while on the Dôle, peaks of 140 km / h were noted. On the plain, MeteoNews measured winds of 70 to 80 km / h in Neuchâtel and Lucerne on Friday morning. Good news for winter sports enthusiasts: more than 50 cm of snow fell in Grand-Saint-Bernard and in the Dent-du-Midi region in Valais.

Heavy falls until Sunday

Forecasters estimate that the snowfall will last until Sunday morning in the high mountains, accompanied by stormy west to northwest winds. MeteoSwiss specifies: “Above 1400 m, we must expect additional accumulations of 40 to 80 cm of new snow, and the formation of wind slabs. The limit of snowfall may locally reach the bottom of the valleys during the morning of Saturday, before gradually rising in the second part of the day, to reach 1000 to 1400 m Sunday morning at the end of the event. »

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In Zermatt, an interrupted line

The railway line between Täsch (VS) and Zermatt (VS) was temporarily closed on Saturday due to an avalanche. The duration of the disruption is still unknown, says the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn (MGB) on Twitter.

The magnitude of the avalanche and its consequences are also not yet known. When questioned, the Valais cantonal police indicated that the road leading to Zermatt had been temporarily closed due to the preventive triggering of avalanches. (ATS

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