Winter comes to Andermatt, N. Ticino

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Up to 70cm of snow expected across swath of high mountain areas ZURICH, SWITZERLAND – Andermatt is not the place to be this weekend unless you really aren’t ready to say farewell to snow. MeteoSwiss has issued a danger 3 “serious risk” alert for a large Alpine area that stretches from north of this military […]

World weather: no March lambs in line

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Ukraine gets massive snowfall, Taiwan has earthquake, Europe chills out GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – The world’s weather is doing everything but letting March go out like a lamb. Taiwan media are reporting 20 people injured (AP reports one death) after a 6.1 earthquake shook buildings in Taipei when it hit the centre of the island early […]

Strong foehn winds whip Valais, Ticino gets snow on plain

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – March weather is hitting Alpine valleys with a vengeance Sunday 17 March, with foehn winds gusting up to 110kph in central Valais (also central eastern Switzerland) and all of Ticino on a 4 out of 5 red alert for strong winds coupled with snow on the plains. Most of Ticino is expected […]

Swiss weekend winter sports and weather, 8-10 March

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – March-like is the best description for the weather throughout Switzerland this weekend: some sun but mostly cloudy and rainy, temperatures ranging from 8-12C on the plain Saturday, falling to 4-8C Sunday with partly sunny skies, and down to 2-4C by Monday. Temperature at 2,000 metres Saturday: -2C. Details and specific locations, MeteoSwiss. […]

Midwest in US hit by big snowstorm

Chicago gets it for rush hour GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – March came roaring into the Midwest in the US like the proverbial lion, dumping several inches of snow in what is being described as the season’s worst snowstorm. A corridor of snow, as CNN describes it, is bringing snow from the Dakotas and Minnesota to Washington, […]

Swiss winter sports and weekend weather, 1-3 March 2013 (update)

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What’s on in Switzerland GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Bye-bye winter blues, hello warmer weather and sunshine, with plenty of snow still on the slopes! The weekend promises to be great for doing just about anything outdoors. And now that March has arrived, the season is starting for the big spring consumer fairs, Habitat et Jardins in […]

Weekend winter sports weather forecast

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Bundle up if you’re heading out to ski or sled this weekend, with temperatures struggling to get above 0C during the day and dipping to -8 in most regions at night. The Valais Alps will have slightly more sunshine than other areas during a weekend of mixed weather: some cloudiness, snow flurries, […]

Snowed in at La Mainaz, Col de La Faucille

GEX, FRANCE – Just back from a snowy work retreat at La Mainaz, below the Col de La Faucille pass in Gex. The hotel, a homey chalet with rambling additions is a fine place to be holed up for a few days with good company. The ample views of the Pays Gex below and the […]

Swiss weekend winter sports and weather: 15-17 February 2013

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Snow followed by sun with temperatures remaining cold enough for the snow to stay: a good skiing weekend is promised by the national weather service, MeteoSwiss. Expect snow to continue in Alpine areas until Friday afternoon, gradually clearing skies and sunshine for Saturday through Monday. Temperatures will range from lows of -4 […]

Geneva airport opens again, snow snarls traffic in W Switzerland

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GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Snow has been falling steadily and heavily in western Switzerland, particularly around the southern Jura and Lake Geneva region. Geneva airport was closed until a short while ago, to clean the runways, but as of 10:30 it was open. Long-haul flights are landing, although with some delays, while a number of European […]