The beginning of winter caused considerable traffic problems on Thursday. At night, isolated rescue work on the Gotthard road to the south was underway, as cantonal police Uri announced. About 300 cars and 100 trucks are still blocked. Some of the vehicles were already equipped with summer tires.
If time calms down and work can be done according to schedule, the traffic situation should normalize overnight until Friday, police said. Towards the north, the A2 was acceptable with winter equipment.
During the night of Friday, cantonal police Uri also announced that the Seelisberg tunnel would be passable again from 10.30. However, the Gotthard road tunnel would be closed for normal maintenance until Friday morning at 5:00 a.m.
Great avalanche danger
Since Wednesday, large amounts of snow have fallen in large parts of the Swiss Alps. The coolest snow was on the main Alpine ridge, from the Simplon area to the Gotthard area and west of Ticino, one to one and a half meters. By Friday night, the snowfall must end.
As reported by the Snow and Avalanche Research Institute (SLF), the avalanche risk is at the "large" level (level four on the five-point scale). This applies on Friday to the main Alpine ridge of the Simplon to the Bernina Pass and to the south of it, the areas Aletsch, Schreckhorn, Guttannen, Gadmertal, Meiental, Maderanertal, Bivio. Otherwise, there is widespread danger of avalanches (level 3).
The institute warned that fresh snow and drifting snow can cause spontaneous avalanches, possibly even very large ones. Avalanches can reach the typical avalanche range and reach exposed traffic routes. For off-piste activities, the conditions were dangerous.
Locks and traffic jams
There was more waiting time in the streets. In the south, there were also downsides to Gotthard. For trucks, the A2 was closed between the Giornico TI waiting room and the Gotthard tunnel to the north. The A13 was temporarily closed in the morning between Thusis-South and the Bellinzona-North junction for traffic traffic in both directions.
Many cantonal and main roads had to be closed. In addition to central Switzerland, the Bernese Oberland, the Valais and the Ticino were also affected. Some vehicles got stuck in the snow and had to be towed.
Engadin not accessible from the north
In the canton of Graubünden, the Julier Pass road in the north was closed at Bivio, south of Silvaplana. The Engadin was no longer accessible on the northern road. In addition, the Maloja Pass was closed for security reasons, as was the Lukmanierpass.
At the Bernina Pass, an obligation of snow chains for the vehicles was organized. The same arrangement was made for the road from Chur to Lenzerheide. Unaffected by the Obligatorium were four-wheel drive vehicles.
Train connections blocked
The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn announced that the Andermatt-Göschenen route will be blocked from Thursday 18 clock. There is no substitute transportation possible. The Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn had to stop other connections to and from the Ursern Valley because of avalanche danger.
The RNE (RhB) reported that delays and train cancellations were expected. Rail passengers were requested, because of the time to schedule more travel time.
SBB could drive because of the heavy snowfall on the Brig-Domodossola (I) route only limited. Instead of continuous express trains they frequented shuttle trains between the two places.
In the Bernese Oberland, rail traffic from Interlaken Ost to Lauterbrunnen and Grindelwald was interrupted until noon due to a catenary interruption. The passengers had to change to replace the buses.
Video: «Weatherflash» by Meteonews
Down to the lowlands: According to the SRF Meteo, the snow line is currently between 400 and 900 meters.
(Chk / fal / SDA)
Created: 04/04/2019, 23:56 clock