Swiss weekend weather and what’s on, 22-24 March 2013

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Vines near the Chateau d’Aigle: spring colours, gloomy March weather, 20 March 2013

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Happy sight of violets blooming near the Chateau d’Aigle Thursday 20 March

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Spring is inching closer, as anyone who steps outside Friday will notice (a high of 14C is expected in Geneva, so don’t eat that sandwich at the desk – go outside!). But keep those warm clothes handy because the temperature will start to drift down again Saturday, when rain is forecast for most areas, with highs falling by one degree every day to mid-week. Expect a high of 8C in Geneva by Tuesday, says MeteoSwiss. Mixed sunshine and occasional showers are expected throughout the country from Sunday to Tuesday.

The one bright spot Saturday is around Sion in canton Valais, with a high of 14C and mostly sunny skies, but then the damper, cooler March weather will catch up with this area as well.

Avalanche risk of 3/5, “considerable” in several areas

The national avalanche research centre shows a risk of 3, “considerable”, in a growing area, with warnings to be on the alert for snow drift avalanches, which can be triggered by one person, and as the day progresses, for wet avalanches. A 28-year-old Swedish snowboarder died this week, a day after setting off a wind drift avalanche near Trient that buried him under 1.8 metres of snow.

The avalanche centre’s multi-language White Risk app has proven to be a huge success: 90,000 downloads have been made since November 2012, the Davos-based centre said 20 March.

Snow cover

The Swiss Alps have had little snow this week (snow map) but snow depth remains very good at more than 200cm on the north side of the Alps and good at more than 120cm in much of the rest of the region.

It’s been a great winter for Jura ski stations, and the snow continues to hold up, thanks to the chilly weather we’ve had. Monts-Jura.com‘s daily bulletins give you details on the stations and snow levels (infos neige).

What’s on in the region and in Switzerland

Démonstrations de chiens détecteurs de stupéfiants  -Eric_Ruffino

Border guard and his dog: demonstrations at Mediamarkt Meyrin Saturday

If you’re heading for Zurich you can take in both the chocolate salon and a Chagall art exhibit. Bern is hosting a jazz festival (details for the last two on our events pages).

Geneva will see the “first time ever in Switzerland” bus tour by the border patrol police, who will be showing the public just what they do and how they operate, at the Meyrin Mediamarkt from 09:00 to 17:00 Saturday 23 March.

They’ll be visiting other areas over the next two months. Le BUS TOUR 2013 is part of a recruitment drive and will offer demonstrations of dogs searching for drugs, show some surprising materials used by the guards and experienced guards will be on hand to answer questions.

Affichages sur nos passages frontières - Marion RevazFor other dates, check the border guards’ poster: