Heavy snowfall traps 13,000 tourists

Unusually heavy snowfall has trapped around 13,000 tourists at the Swiss resort of Zermatt, one of the country’s most popular ski stations.

The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by some power outages, head of the train station Janine Imesch said.

The main access road has been closed since early Monday, while the train was halted Monday evening, she said.

Switzerland’s WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research said Monday afternoon that at least 80 cm (31.5 inches) of snow had fallen on the Zermatt area over the last 24 hours, raising the avalanche risk to a maximum level.

French forecasters have described the snowfall as the kind only seen “once in every 30 years.”

A number of other Valais villages were also isolated by heavy snow, including the Simplon region of Valais,  which was hit by two metres of snow in a 24-hour period, (more than 6 ft), the ATS news agency reported.

With roads, trains, cable cars, ski slopes and hiking trails into the town closed, Swiss authorities deployed helicopters to ferry some tourists to a nearby village to escape the snow-bound Alpine valley.

The the so-called “air bridge” can transport about 100 people an hour, conditions permitting.

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13,000 tourists trapped in Zermatt amid avalanche warnings in Swiss ski resort after heavy snowfall blocks all routes

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14 thoughts on “Heavy snowfall traps 13,000 tourists”

  1. I keep seeing the term “unusual weather”, and other such vague wording.

    Hey, it’s getting usual pretty fast, huh?

    I think the masses will finally “get it” when it snows so much you can’t go up or down ANY of these mountains for weeks if not the entire Winter season.

    Then try and deny this Global Cooling when every ski resort in Europe is shut down.

  2. We’ll hear more about it when it finally melts and causes flooding! Noticed msm seem to mention a lot about avalanches, for some reason this seems to be a trigger statement to mean melting snow when it’s nothing of the sort.

    • The melt can be a long time in coming. I recall a Summer holiday that included the Bodensee. All around the lake the foreshore was flooded. This was due to meltwater feeding into the Rhein which flows through the lake. In July I have also seen a mountain river in Austria that looked in flood but I was told it was just the meltwater. In the same holiday the Inn was brown and flowing fast. By which time this snow will be long forgotten.

  3. Past the tipping point? Now we’ve really done it. The ocean floor has sunk 0.004 of an inch due to the weight of water from glacial melt due to AGW. I gap the spark plugs in my truck at 0..045 thou’s. -0.004 is approx. the thickness of the line around the address box on your screen. I think they went off the cliff on this one. well we know they been off, but I think this one proves it! http://www.newsweek.com/climate-change-sinking-ocean-rising-sea-levels-772862

  4. As every european knows the earth will reach the tipping point any second now. They should just sip a little vino and be patient. There is no need to ship in food or anything like that since Al Gore predicts that it will all be melted in the morning.

  5. Heavy snow in mountainous Swiss areas can be VERY dangerous.
    People treat Swiss mountains as a “benign playground”.

    That is FAR from reality. Look out for avalanches after this, particularly if temperature rises too fast.
    Western Europe has VERY variable climate depending on wind direction…….and the wind direction can VARY GREATLY over one or two days in Western Europe.

  6. Just saw an extensive article conflating high performance summer and winter skiing training and the effects of “climate change”….

    This hodge podge article of summer winter southern hemisphere northern hemisphere ice glacier snow skiing seems to, per usual for the AGW crowd, attempt to not tell a story but, instead, prove a point that there simply isn’t enough cold anymore to have enough snow to ski whenever they want. It is a sign of their desperation (or is it audacity?) as, at the time of publication of the article, cold temperatures and snow blanket most of the northern hemisphere.

    Clearly, year after year, it is demonstrated on ski hills around the world, there is plenty of snow…just not always, as has always been the case in the sport of skiing, where they want it.

    Looks like Europe will have enough snow for a healthy ski season but how long have we been able to access summer snow who and is to say skiing off season has ever been guaranteed?

    Fake news says the world is in peril. The real news says it’s winter.

  7. That past couple of years there’s been huge snowfalls in the Alps… Must be adding a lot to the glaciers there

  8. Hummm, perhaps that so called “Tipping Point” is cooling rather than warming. All I have to do is change a sign on a forcing here and a coefficient there and I can still use the same climate models. Honey did my grant monies come in yet?

  9. The interesting part is this snow fall, 6FT in one 24 hrs period is early. This isnt just Zermat but across the whole of the Italian Alps with very large dumps of snow.
    With a sequence of these low pressure systems over the next 8 weeks just how much of an increase in ice coverage could the Alpine regions expect. During Dalton Alpine villages were crushed under advancing ice and glacia.
    By 2056 when this GSM is due to end. the term Mann may well be a derogatory terms for a data manipulator and wrong tree barker.

  10. From: “Henceforth your name shall be Mudd.” – to: “Henceforth your name shall be Mann.” Eh. The gender neutrals won’t have it.

  11. Alps covered with snowfalls (France, Italy)

    In the Alps over the past couple of days there have been anomalous precipitation, the height of snowdrifts in the famous Italian ski resorts has increased by a record 2-3 meters. Due to the threat of avalanches, some trails are closed. Cars of tourists turned into real drifts.

    Alps throws from one extreme to the other. If last winter there was a record low amount of snow, then this winter, on the contrary, record snowfalls broke out! So, heavy snowfalls for two days were in the French and Italian Alps.

     At many meteorological stations, extremely high precipitation values ​​were recorded: 50 to 70 mm in liquid equivalent fell out. But as the precipitation passed in the form of snow, these dozens of millimeters turned into tens of centimeters.

    For a couple of days in the resort of Pre-Sen Didier, the height of the snowdrifts increased by 2.48 m, in Chirvina – by 2.23 m, in Valtournanche – by 3 m, in Sestriere – by 1.9 m! In the French Alps, the main snowfalls in Tinea in Val Dièsere (1.8 m in 48 hours).

    This is the strongest snowfall in the region in the last 30 years.

    Such heavy snowfalls could not but lead to unfavorable consequences. Due to the threat of avalanches, some routes were closed. At least one avalanche came down in Sestriere (one house was damaged, fortunately, there are no victims among the people). In most northern regions of Italy declared a yellow or orange level of natural danger.

    Cars of tourists in Italian resorts have turned into drifts. Fans of the skiing sport play now in the game “find your car”

    Tweet photos:
    Bragança (Portugal): https://www.meteopt.com/forum/topico/seguimento-interior-norte-e-centro-janeiro-2018.9609/pagina-26#post-648745
    Some photos and videos – France: (Feb 9)

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