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Heavy snow traps tourists, closes road and train links and worries WEF

National News // Jan. 22, 2018

Heavy snow in the mountains means tourists are once again stuck in the high end resort of Zermatt. The tourist office says the snow has cut off road and rail links since Saturday evening.

Pixabay Heavy snow traps tourists, closes road and train links and worries WEF

The same thing happened 10 days ago.

Around 9,000 are staying in the resort. Authorities say there is plenty of food and no one is in danger.

Some have made use of a helicopter service to get down the mountain.

Also cut off is Andermatt in canton Uri. Avalanche risks closed the road to the resort yesterday evening. It’s likely to remain closed for the whole of today. Uri police say the situation will be reassessed tomorrow.

Elsewhere, avalanche alerts have led to evacuations in Conthey in canton Valais, trains over the Gotthard have been cancelled and several mountain roads are closed.

Organisers of the World Economic Forum’s meeting in Davos are said to be concerned as the snow has already led to some train cancellations and road closures to the village. Some homes in neighbouring valleys near Davos have been evacuated due to the avalanche danger.

Heavy snow is likely to continue to fall for the rest of today. Up to 80 cm could arrive in canton Valais.

Right across the Alps avalanche danger is described as ‘very high’.



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