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General recommendations before snow

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.

 Information on the potential impact and danger levels of snowfall can be found here.

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.