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Znüni News – Monday January 14

Be careful what you wish for. Winter is here with snow scheduled to continue to fall until Tuesday evening, so let’s take stock of the current situation.

Andermatt is practically cut off from the rest of the world with the road between Göschenen and Andermatt closed as of this morning until Tuesday due to too much snow, as are most train routes going via Andermatt. To make matters worst, last night Andermatt had winds reaching up to 155 km/h, Lucerne in contrast had winds up to 91 km/h.

The avalanche risk in central Switzerland has reached the highest i.e. a level 5, which means that the risk is imminent and avalanches can happen without animals or people triggering them. Snow will continue to fall in the mountains until Tuesday night.

Engelberg and Meiringen Hasliberg have closed all their slopes due to the avalanche risk.

Sunday drivers going from Hospental to Zumdorf were caught in an avalanche which fell onto the road burying their cars, luckily no one was hurt but so far 6 people have died in avalanches in central Europe. The residents of the Säntis hotel in Schwaegalp got a nasty choc on Saturday when an avalanche burst into the hotel’s restaurant injuring 3 guests.

Temperatures are too warm for Lucerne to see any snow but expect rain until Tuesday night.

If you are considering going freeriding, we recommend you read this post on the subject.

Charlie Hartmann is the managing director of the Living in Luzern organisation which focuses on helping international residents connect, grow and thrive in Switzerland.