The Alps surprised by the first snowfall, the Swiss city sets a new record


BERLIN – Parts of Switzerland, Austria and Germany were surprised by unusually early snowfall overnight, after a sharp drop in temperatures and heavy rainfall. The Swiss meteorological agency said on Saturday that the town of Montana in the southern canton (state) of Valais experienced 25 centimeters of snow – a new record for this time of year.

Authorities were in force in the mountainous regions of the two Alpine countries to clear roads blocked by snow and ice.

In parts of Austria, snowfall has been recorded as low as 550 meters above sea level.


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