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Temperatures reach new record lows

A new cold front that swept across the country has pushed the mercury to an all-time low for this winter season.

Temperatures overnight from Friday to Saturday sank to –29.3 degrees in Samedan in the eastern canton of Graubünden, the Swiss national weather service said on Saturday.

That beat the previous record of –27.8 degrees set near dawn in the village of La Brévine, canton Neuchâtel, on January 12. The coldest temperature on record was set there in January 1987 with -41.8 degrees.

The winter season has blanketed the country in above-average snowfall as well. Many mountainous areas in canton Valais and Ticino have a snowpack twice as deep as normal, according to the Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research in Davos.

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