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Winter onset causes disruptions

Strong winds and snowfalls have disrupted travel and services in parts of Switzerland.

Snow blanketed the country on Friday night, blocking various roads in the Valais and Jura cantons, and a number of minor accidents were reported.

There were several electricity outages in the eastern canton of Graubünden, with unusually wet snow causing trees to fall on to power cables.

Rail links to the canton were severely disrupted on Saturday morning after trees damaged overhead train cables. A bus service replaced trains destined for the resorts of Davos and Arosa and the city of Chur.

Up to 80cm of snow fell in the northern Alps and winds of 183km per hour were recorded at high altitudes in western Switzerland.

The Federal Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research warned there was a considerable risk of avalanches between the Gemmi pass and the Alpstein range, around the Gotthard pass and the Goms and Prättigau valleys.

Snow was forecast to fall until Tuesday.


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