Winter returns to Swiss Alps

The weekend's snowfall has created wintry scenes in the Swiss Alps Keystone

It may be June, but winter has well and truly returned to the Swiss Alps.

This content was published on June 3, 2001 - 21:10

During the course of Whitsunday weekend, between 10 and 40 centimetres of snow fell on the Swiss highlands, blocking many mountain passes.

The Flüela, Furka, Gotthard, Grimsel and Susten passes were worst affected with officials having to close off the access routes just days after they re-opened for the summer.

Many other passes had to be cleared before traffic could get through and in many cases snow chains were a necessity for any vehicles using the roads.

The heaviest snowfall was above 2000m but the lower areas still got a dusting with up to 20 centimetres of snow settling on the ground.

The wintry weather also brought with it wintry temperatures in the valleys with unseasonable daytime highs of 11 and 14 degrees.

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