After the chaos in traffic due to the beginning of winter: the Gotthard tunnel opens again



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In Switzerland it snowed on Thursday in the plains. Road and rail traffic was severely affected. The news about the winter chaos on the clock.

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Snow cushion in Engelberg. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
"But this does not look like spring": he's right, our reader reporter from Lucerne. (Image: Walter Buholzer, Lucerne, April 4, 2019)
If you want to leave Engelberg on the street, you are stuck in a traffic jam. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
Engelberg on April 4, 2019: winter returns! (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
The road between Grafenort and Engelberg is closed. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
Obbürgen sinks in the snow. (Image: Daniel Bühlmann, April 4, 2019)
Winter also in the interior of Lucerne (Napf). "Silent Thoughts" sends us this reader. (Image: Ledi Herzog, April 4, 2019)
When winter comes again, even the frost flowers grow. (Ernst Rohrer, Inwil, 4 April 2019)
Traffic jam in front of the Seelisberg tunnel near Beckenried. (Image: Imra Greber, April 4, 2019)
Pure nature. (Image: Alfred Herzog, Hergiswil, April 4, 2019)
Winter is back! (Image: Peter Bumbacher, Zug, April 4, 2019)
Is someone thirsty today? (Image: Alfred Herzog, Hergiswil, April 4, 2019)
The FrühWINTERling back! (Image: Josef Lustenberger, Wolhusen, April 4, 2019)
Snow covers the drainer. (Image: Maria Infanger-Steiner, Melchtal, April 4, 2019)
Aro Dog at the Richard Wagner Museum in Lucerne. (Image: facebook.com, Heidi Aschwanden)
While the forsythia smoke carries a heavy burden, children enjoy the playground in the snow. (Image: Karl Graf, Stansstad, April 4, 2019)
Yesterday and today; For the first time the weather forecast was true. (Image: Margrith Imhof-Röthlin, Meggen, April 4, 2019)
It's not basketball season in Uri now. (Image: facebook.com, Janet Lang)
An Easter bunny in the snow. (Picture: Silvia Baumann)
This is how it looks on Thursday morning in Schwarzenberg (Lucerne). (Image: facebook.com, Pia closing time)
Even rabbits like snow. (Image: Heidi Berchtold, Giswil, April 4, 2019)
Also on this terrace looks once again the winter is over. (Image: Reader Reporter, Schlierbach, April 4, 2019)

April, April does what he wants: the most beautiful readers of early winter

07:17 clock

Once again good news from the canton of Uri: The Road between Wassen and Göschenen is open again from 8 o'clock.

07:07 clock

It almost seems that everyone who could not drive through Gotthard's tunnel yesterday wanted to try out today:

Also in the Highway A2 between Stans-Süd and Buochs traffic congestionAgain, the road is due to parked trucks – they should not pass through the Gotthard tunnel due to the persistent snowfall on the southern side of the Alps – narrowed to a lane.

06:31 clock

Meanwhile, the Traffic situation in the cantons of Uri, Nidwalden and Obwalden widely normalized again. O tunnel Seelisberg it's the Axenstrasse are again normally passable.

In addition, the tunnel Gotthard is passable again for most vehicles.

In addition, the Railway between Andermatt and Göschenen is back to normal traffic.

O Road between Göschenen and Andermatt is still locked, but is re-evaluated in the 9 clock.

In the street between Grafenort and Engelberg prevails snow chains,

Also the road connection Dallenwil-Wiesenberg is still locked.

06:25 clock

April caused a miracle on Thursday. But this is over. After the interruption yesterday, it seems Calm Friday calm weather today off: In the plains and along the buttresses, there are still residual clouds and foggy fields, during the day a slow improvement of time continues and the sun is shining brighter and brighter. Temperatures increase in the afternoon to about 10 degrees.

23:03 clock

Friday morning should calm the time. Let's hope the spring comes back soon!

So we said goodbye today. At this point, we will inform tomorrow to Friday about the beginning of winter in central Switzerland.

22:56 clock – the Gotthard tunnel continues to

The rescue and cleaning work on the Highway A2 could finally be completed. Means: The left foot on the road 400 vehicles could continue controlled south.

As a direct result it is also the tunnel Seelisberg acceptable again since 10.30 pm, as Guangzhou police announced Thursday night.

Because of the maintenance work continues to be the Gotthard road tunnel locked until tomorrow 5 clock.

The traffic situation also Axenstrasse normalized again. The street is open in both directions.

10:37 clock

The Gotthard tunnel remains closed until 5 o'clock tomorrow, as the Touring Club Switzerland reports on Twitter.

9:13 clock

In Uri canton, there was a lot going on in terms of snow technology today. A brief summary of today's Chaos Day.

19:56 Uhr Location on the A2 motorway

Currently there are still some cleaning work on the motorway A2 heading south, Once these are finished, according to cantonal police of Uri, is planned to drain the road with about 300 parked cars and 100 LWW.

If everything goes according to plan and Peter is gracious to us, the situation on the street will soon return to normal. The plan was, in the course of the night, the A2 motorway, tunnel Seelisbergto reopen traffic to the south.

It is still the A2 in the direction of travel north only accessible with winter equipment.

The traffic to the south on Axenstrasse was stopped at 4:30 p.m. in Wolf Jump. From 18:00 hours it is possible according to police to Urnerinnen and Urner again to drive in the canton of Uri.

7:53 clock

O Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn is blocked from Göschenen towards Valais and Graubünden.

As currently looks at the rest of the rail, you will find out here: sbb.ch/166

7:52 clock

it is Canton streets in the canton of Uri remain closed until further notice according to the cantonal police:

  • Amsteg – Göschenen
  • Göschenen – Andermatt – Realp (with the Schöllenen as national road section)
  • Gurtnellen Wiler – village of Gurtnellen
  • Wassen – Färnigen

The canton road from Silenen Ellbogenkapelle to Silenen Schützen is closed from the clock 20.00, tomorrow is at 12 a revaluation by the canton of Uri.

7:30 clock

The route between Beckenried and the Gotthard tunnel is closed due to the heavy snowfall. Travelers are invited to drive around the canton of Uri via the A13 San Bernardino.

7:00 clock

There is nothing left: a view of the Göschenen motorway to the south.

Webcam of Gotthard Road Tunnel

Webcam of Gotthard Road Tunnel

18:37 clock – Wassen-Göschenen up to 8 clock

The cantonal road between Wassen and Göschenen is closed today from 20:00. This is reported by the canton of Uri. Tomorrow the situation will be reassessed at 8 o'clock.

18:00 – These streets are closed

This is how the traffic situation in Central Switzerland looks at the most important connections at the moment:

  • The A2 motorway between Stans-Süd and Göschenen is closed due to snowfall. Travelers to Ticino make the most of the San Bernardino route.
  • The Axenstrasse between Brunnen and Erstfeld is closed, so that no more drivers drive to the canton of Uri. The road is passable only to the residents of the canton of Uri, but it is on the A4 back to Goldau.
  • The road to Engelberg is closed.
  • Andermatt can not be reached by train or by road from 18h. The reason is the danger of the avalanche.
  • In the city of Lucerne and around the Rotsee crossing there are congestion due to the high volumes of traffic. The VBL buses are late.
5:21 clock

Bottling in A2 in Erstfeld:

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

16:50 – Difficult road conditions on the A4 in the canton of Schwyz:
15:58 – For Engelberg only via train

Engelberg only accessible by train from 3pm. The main street is off Grafenort until further notice blocked. Also within the village security measures had to be taken. The winter hiking trails and the direct access road are closed for traffic between the driving range and the waterfall. A bypass is configured and signaled accordingly. According to a reader reporter, it has about 70 inches of snow in the village.

Prohibition of driving in Grafenort direction Engelberg. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)

Prohibition of driving in Grafenort direction Engelberg. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)

If you want to leave Engelberg on the street, you are stuck in a traffic jam. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)

If you want to leave Engelberg on the street, you are stuck in a traffic jam. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)

3:31 a.m.

On the motorway A2 heading south on Beckenried Traffic is congested due to snow clearance in the canton of Uri. The highway is currently closed.

(Picture of the reader: Irma Greber)

(Picture of the reader: Irma Greber)

15:20

Light snow: no Lucerne Allmend There will be no football match tonight:

3:07 clock

in Erstfeld the drivers are trapped in the snow on the A2:

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

The trucks will be at the heavy Erstfeld stopped:

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

Also the entrance of the road in Erstfeld its blocked:

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

(Image: Urs Hanhart)

2:59 clock

Snow reader photos on the Central Switzerland:

Snow cushion in Engelberg. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
"But this does not look like spring": he's right, our reader reporter from Lucerne. (Image: Walter Buholzer, Lucerne, April 4, 2019)
If you want to leave Engelberg on the street, you are stuck in a traffic jam. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
Engelberg on April 4, 2019: winter returns! (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
The road between Grafenort and Engelberg is closed. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
Obbürgen sinks in the snow. (Image: Daniel Bühlmann, April 4, 2019)
Winter also in the interior of Lucerne (Napf). "Silent Thoughts" sends us this reader. (Image: Ledi Herzog, April 4, 2019)
When winter comes again, even the frost flowers grow. (Ernst Rohrer, Inwil, 4 April 2019)
Traffic jam in front of the Seelisberg tunnel near Beckenried. (Image: Imra Greber, April 4, 2019)
Pure nature. (Image: Alfred Herzog, Hergiswil, April 4, 2019)
Winter is back! (Image: Peter Bumbacher, Zug, April 4, 2019)
Is someone thirsty today? (Image: Alfred Herzog, Hergiswil, April 4, 2019)
The FrühWINTERling back! (Image: Josef Lustenberger, Wolhusen, April 4, 2019)
Snow covers the drainer. (Image: Maria Infanger-Steiner, Melchtal, April 4, 2019)
Aro Dog at the Richard Wagner Museum in Lucerne. (Image: facebook.com, Heidi Aschwanden)
While the forsythia smoke carries a heavy burden, children enjoy the playground in the snow. (Image: Karl Graf, Stansstad, April 4, 2019)
Yesterday and today; For the first time the weather forecast was true. (Image: Margrith Imhof-Röthlin, Meggen, April 4, 2019)
It's not basketball season in Uri now. (Image: facebook.com, Janet Lang)
An Easter bunny in the snow. (Picture: Silvia Baumann)
This is how it looks on Thursday morning in Schwarzenberg (Lucerne). (Image: facebook.com, Pia closing time)
Even rabbits like snow. (Image: Heidi Berchtold, Giswil, April 4, 2019)
Also on this terrace looks once again the winter is over. (Image: Reader Reporter, Schlierbach, April 4, 2019)

April, April does what he wants: the most beautiful readers of early winter

Send us your photos and videos of the snow through the form.

2:37 clock

The route between Andermatt and Göschenen will be closed on Thursday from 18 clock, as Andermatt Gotthard Bahn announces. The reason is the danger of avalanche. There is no substitute transportation possible. The last connection leaves Andermatt at 5:40 p.m. and Göschenen at 6:11 p.m.

14:23 clock – Oberalppass opens despite the beginning of winter

The Cantonal Roads operation in Uri canton begins next week with work for passport openings. O Oberalppass (2044 meters above sea level) is the first alpine crossing to be reopened for traffic in Uri.

This means that many hundreds of tons of snow still need to be ground and removed from the road. If there were no unexpected interruptions in the winter, the Oberalp Pass could be opened on 25 April. at the Klausenpass the inauguration is scheduled for May 17. at the Furka Pass is a partial opening for Tiefenbach scheduled for May 24. Very openly, the Furkapass should not be before June 7. At Sustenpass (2224 m above sea level), the winter closure should last until June 14, with the opening of the section for Sustenbrüggli scheduled for May 24.

14:03 clock – the perspectives of time

Thick snowflakes placed a white blanket over the ground. On roads, road users and evacuation services are required. But the worst will probably end soon. The intensity in Central Switzerland is already decreasing. At night it is expected to put 10 to 15 centimeters of snow, so the winter probably adopted. According to Switzerland Weather, it stays dry overnight – but cool. Morning traffic on Friday should be another challenge.

If you are in the car, it is a good idea to start early because it is expected to be a quiet thing on the road. Evacuation services have a lot to do. During the course of Friday will be more friendly and hotter. In the lowlands, the temperature rises to 8 to 11 degrees and the snow line rises to 1000 to 1400 meters. The snow melts to a great extent. The situation will also settle in the canton of Uri. in Altdorf will be 10 degrees on Saturday in Andermatt it gets a bit colder at 1 degree. The weekend will be dry with scattered cloud fields.

1:15 p.m.

Switzerland is surprised by the snow: "April, April does what it wants" is a saying. On Thursday, Switzerland was once again overwhelmed by snow – across the country. Meteorological impressions from all parts of the country are shown in the following video. (SDA)

1 PM

At the Highway A2 There are also traffic jams in Ticino. Between the Bellinzona Norte resting area and the Gotardo tunnel, the road is closed. There are snow removal vehicles in use, and that is why the traffic jams.

Clock 12:50

Due to continuous snowfall, the situation on the roads has not yet normalized. On the contrary. For example, some vehicles in the canton of Uri were trapped in the snow. This in part because of the lack of winter equipment, as announced by cantonal police Uri. Many vehicles had to be towed. In addition, the Axenstrasse It had to be temporarily closed early in the morning because of the snow.

Clock 12:29

in Göschenen At 1100 meters above sea level, about 70cm of snow fell:

11:20

The street Amsteg – Gurtnellen in the canton of Uri is closed on the Thursday of 12 clock. A reevaluation takes place on Friday morning at 8 o'clock.

10:40

Chaos prevails on the streets in many places because of the snow. Individual sections are blocked. The field of play at the Swisspor Arena in Lucerne it is also covered with snow at the moment. Whether the FCL match against YB takes place on Thursday night, the league decides in the afternoon. At 3 pm the place is inspected.

The decision is awaited eagerly. Because if Lucerne and YB play against each other this season, it is usually tight. Click here for the latest match preview:

10:17 clock

The A2 motorway to the south is Amsteg closed for Göschenenas cantonal police Uri announced on request. De Erstfeld brings the beginning of winter road users huge problems. So the traffic jams. Also on the main roads is partly nothing more. The Schöllenen is currently closed, as is the road between Gurtnellen and Wassen. Also interrupted is the connection between Wassen and Färnigen.

at the Canton of Uri There were also several traffic accidents. These occurred in Andermatt, Schattdorf, Gurtnellen and ErstfeldFortunately, only one person was injured.

Webcam in front of the Gotthard tunnel in Göschenen.

Webcam in front of the Gotthard tunnel in Göschenen.

10:13 clock

Not only in central Switzerland, the onset of winter brought chaos:

09:55 clock

In the mountains, avalanche danger increased considerably due to the large amount of fresh snow. The strongest snowfall was in the main Alpine ridge, from the Simplon region to the Gotthard region, as well as in western Ticino. There fell one meter of snow, as the Institute for Snow Research and Avalanche SLF told the SDA news agency.

Warning level four avalanche hazard

On the five-point scale, warning level four – "great avalanche hazard" is currently valid for large parts of the main Alpine ridge: from Zermatt to Bernina and south, in the areas of Aletsch, Schreckhorn, Guttannen, Gadmertal, Meiental, Maderanertal and Bivio. In many other areas, the danger of the avalanche is "considerable."

The institute warns that fresh snow and drifting snow can lead to spontaneous avalanches, possibly also to large avalanches. This endangers, inter alia, exposed routes. Safe off-piste activities are not recommended. The present conditions are very dangerous.

The current depth of snow in Switzerland (Source: Meteonews)

The current depth of snow in Switzerland (Source: Meteonews)

09:50 clock

Traffic on A2 To the south. Nidwalden police are currently responsible for all vehicles Beckenried of the highwayThis will stay that way until the tunnel Seelisberg it is passable again.

09:15 clock

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We will show you the most stunning and beautiful images of our site.

Snow cushion in Engelberg. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
"But this does not look like spring": he's right, our reader reporter from Lucerne. (Image: Walter Buholzer, Lucerne, April 4, 2019)
If you want to leave Engelberg on the street, you are stuck in a traffic jam. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
Engelberg on April 4, 2019: winter returns! (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
The road between Grafenort and Engelberg is closed. (Picture: Caroline Pirskanen)
Obbürgen sinks in the snow. (Image: Daniel Bühlmann, April 4, 2019)
Winter also in the interior of Lucerne (Napf). "Silent Thoughts" sends us this reader. (Image: Ledi Herzog, April 4, 2019)
When winter comes again, even the frost flowers grow. (Ernst Rohrer, Inwil, 4 April 2019)
Traffic jam in front of the Seelisberg tunnel near Beckenried. (Image: Imra Greber, April 4, 2019)
Pure nature. (Image: Alfred Herzog, Hergiswil, April 4, 2019)
Winter is back! (Image: Peter Bumbacher, Zug, April 4, 2019)
Is someone thirsty today? (Image: Alfred Herzog, Hergiswil, April 4, 2019)
The FrühWINTERling back! (Image: Josef Lustenberger, Wolhusen, April 4, 2019)
Snow covers the drainer. (Image: Maria Infanger-Steiner, Melchtal, April 4, 2019)
Aro Dog at the Richard Wagner Museum in Lucerne. (Image: facebook.com, Heidi Aschwanden)
While the forsythia smoke carries a heavy burden, children enjoy the playground in the snow. (Image: Karl Graf, Stansstad, April 4, 2019)
Yesterday and today; For the first time the weather forecast was true. (Image: Margrith Imhof-Röthlin, Meggen, April 4, 2019)
It's not basketball season in Uri now. (Image: facebook.com, Janet Lang)
An Easter bunny in the snow. (Picture: Silvia Baumann)
This is how it looks on Thursday morning in Schwarzenberg (Lucerne). (Image: facebook.com, Pia closing time)
Even rabbits like snow. (Image: Heidi Berchtold, Giswil, April 4, 2019)
Also on this terrace looks once again the winter is over. (Image: Reader Reporter, Schlierbach, April 4, 2019)

April, April does what he wants: the most beautiful readers of early winter

8:17 clock

Do not run on rails

  • The operation of the Matterhorn Gotthard railways is partially halted. O Car Transport Furka between Oberwald (VS) and Realp (UR) is closed. Reason for this is a roadblock between Realp and Hospental due to the danger of avalanche.
  • The route between Andermatt and Tschamut Jungle is interrupted. The reason is the danger of avalanche. Currently, no substitute transportation is possible. Travelers to Glacier Express 902 and 923 will be redirected via Zurich.
  • The route between Realp and Hospental is interrupted. The reason is the danger of avalanche. Currently, no substitute transportation is possible.
08:10 clock

Patience is needed in the canton of Obwalden

  • The road between Grafenort and Engelberg is locked in both directions.
8:03 clock

In A2 the traffic stops in different places

  • Lucerne to Gotthard: O tunnel Seelisberg its blocked.
  • Direction of Lucerna Gotthard: between the junction Altdorf and Amsteg traffic jam.
  • Direction of Basel Lucerne: between Emmen-Nord and the traffic stagnant Junction Rotsee due to overload.
  • Direction of Lucerne Gotthard: between the traffic of Erstfeld and Amsteg.
  • Direction of Lucerna Gotthard: between the heavy traffic center of the Ripshausen service area and the Gotthard tunnel closed for trucks.
07:47 clock

The following roads in the canton of Uri are closed after a heavy snowfall:

  • Gurtnellen – Pfaffensprung
  • Wassen – Färnigen
  • Göschenen – Hospental (due to the snow slide)
  • Hospental – Realp (due to avalanche danger)

Zwischenduch a nice news: The Intschialtbachbrücke in Gurtnellen is open on Thursday from 9 clock in both directions to PW up to 3.5 t until further notice.

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