3m of snow strands tourists in Zermatt

  • Zermatt buried under snow
  • Extreme weather in western Alps

The Swiss resort of Zermatt saw 13,000 tourists trapped by three metres of snow in 48 hours.
BBC reports visitors who wanted to leave were airlifted by helicopter.
Skiing is not possible as slopes are closed because of the risk of avalanches.
A metre (39in) of snow fell on Monday with a metre more yesterday.
Val d’Isere recorded 120cm of fresh snow in 48 hours. Font Romeu (110cm) also recorded an impressive 40cm of fresh snow in the past 24 hours..
Tignes was closed in the morning with more news to follow in the afternoon, but is unlikely to open. La Grave (80cm/110cm) too was also closed, with a 33cm of predicted snow expected to fall throughout the day.
The snowy weather is set continue today for some, whereas others have forecast sunny weather with cloudy intervals. Montgenvre  and Chamonix had 47cm and 34cm respectively of fresh snow.

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