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16 jan. 2019 | 19h00 UTC

Switzerland: Avalanche warnings in mountainous regions January 16

Switzerland Alerte de sécurité

Avalanche warnings active in mountainous regions of Switzerland as of January 16; avalanches and associated transportation disruptions possible in the coming days

TIMEFRAME expected from 16/1/2019, 12h00 until 23/1/2019, 11h59 (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Switzerland

Event

Level 3 (the third-highest on a five-tier scale, or "considerable risk") avalanche warnings are in effect in several mountainous regions of Switzerland as of Wednesday, January 16. According to local affiliates of the European Avalanche Warning Services (EAWS), the areas affected by the warnings include the cantons of Valais, Vaud, GenevaGraubunden, Berne, Lucerne, Nidwald, Obwald, Schwytz, Uri, Zoug, Schaffhouse, Appenzell Rhodes-Extérieures, Appenzell Rhodes-Intérieures, Thurgovie, Saint-Gall, and Glaris. Associated transportation disruptions are possible in the affected areas in the coming days.

Context

At least one person has been killed in Switzerland following an avalanche in the Crosets sector and two others have been caught inside an avalanche in the Montana sector. A total of 26 people have died in Europe due to avalanches and snow storms during the 2018-2019 winter.

Advice

Individuals present in affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports and updates from the European Avalanche Warning Services (EAWS), confirm travel reservations, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities (e.g. evacuation or shelter-in-place orders).

 

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