Recommendations during snow

General recommendations before snow

Snowfall can not always be accurately forecast. It can snow without warning as a result of a sudden drop in temperatures, or overnight. For this reason, you should always be prepared for snowfall during the winter months, particularly while driving . In areas where there is a large amount of snow, house roofs need to be sufficiently strong for the snow load

What to do in preparation for snowfall:

  • Keep an eye on local weather developments, and act appropriately, according to the information you receive on the conditions;
  • Heed the push notifications on the >>MeteoSwiss App<<;
  • Equip your car for winter (winter tyres, ice scraper, snow brush etc.);
  • Stay informed about the driving conditions before making a car journey;
  • When heavy snowfalls are forecast in the Alps, pay attention to official instructions and leave areas in good time (and also exposed buildings) where there is a risk of avalanche. Once the snow is falling heavily, it is often not possible to leave without the risk of serious consequences (including fatality);
  • Pay close attention to radio announcements, the 163 telephone service and the instructions issued by the winter road maintenance services.

General recommendations during snow

Snowfall can severely disrupt transport, especially road traffic. You should therefore always take particular care when driving, and only travel if you have the appropriate winter equipment. Those travelling on foot should also be careful when outdoors during a snowfall, as branches can break off and trees can topple under the weight of their snowload. Snow should also be cleared from house roofs to avoid snow slides and roof damage.

Recommended actions during snowfalls:

  • Keep an eye on local weather developments, and act appropriately, according to the information you receive on the conditions;
  • Heed the push notifications on the >>MeteoSwiss App<<;
  • Before and during your journey, keep abreast of information on driving conditions (radio, 163 telephone service), and heed the instructions issued by the winter road maintenance services;
  • Avoid travelling by car if at all possible, and use public transport instead;
  • Stay away from forests and trees wherever possible (danger of falling trees or branches under the weight of their snowload);
  • Clear snow from roofs (house, porch, conservatory etc.), and always take the appropriate safety precautions when doing so;
  • Be careful of snow sliding from roofs;
  • Pay attention to daily avalanche bulletins and additional information from the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalance Research;
  • Always follow the official recommendations.

General recommendations after snow

Once snow has stopped falling, there can be large amounts of snow lying on roads, roofs and trees. The avalanche situation usually remains critical, and as long as it does, certain safety rules should be followed.

You should also be prepared for further dangers, particularly when a rise in temperatures causes rapid melting of large snow deposits and leads to swollen rivers and streams.

If you live in an area where there is a high amount of snowfall, you should have your roof checked for damage after the snow has melted , and if necessary upgrade it in readiness for the following winter.

In addition, the following points should be observed:

  • Keep an eye on local weather developments, and act appropriately, according to the information you receive on the conditions;
  • Avoid travelling by car if at all possible, and use public transport instead;
  • Stay away from forests and trees wherever possible (danger of falling trees or branches under the weight of their snowload);
  • Clear snow from roofs (house, porch, conservatory etc.), and always take the appropriate safety precautions when doing so;
  • Be careful of snow sliding from roofs;
  • Pay attention to daily avalanche bulletins and additional information from the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalance Research;
  • Continue to follow the official advice.