Snowfall can not always be accurately forecast. It can snow without warning as a result of a sudden drop in temperatures, or overnight. For this reason, you should always be prepared for snowfall during the winter months, particularly while driving . In areas where there is a large amount of snow, house roofs need to be sufficiently strong for the snow load.
What to do in preparation for snowfall:
- Keep an eye on local weather developments, and act appropriately, according to the information you receive on the conditions;
- Heed the push notifications on the MeteoSwiss App;
- Equip your car for winter (winter tyres, ice scraper, snow brush etc.);
- Stay informed about the driving conditions before making a car journey;
- When heavy snowfalls are forecast in the Alps, pay attention to official instructions and leave areas in good time (and also exposed buildings) where there is a risk of avalanche. Once the snow is falling heavily, it is often not possible to leave without the risk of serious consequences (including fatality);
- Pay close attention to radio announcements, the 163 telephone service and the instructions issued by the winter road maintenance services.