Driving in Swiss Alps in September

Aug 4th, 2011, 02:08 PM
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Driving in Swiss Alps in September

I am planning to make a tour in Swiss Alps in mid September. I want to drive over the tunnel s insted of going through the passes;San Bernardino and St.Gotthard. Does anyone know the weather and road conditions? What would you advice? Many thanks.
skarslioglu is offline  
Aug 4th, 2011, 03:24 PM
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Should be fine--it is Sep.
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Aug 4th, 2011, 03:52 PM
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We were in snow storm on a mountain pass in Switzerland on 9/11 a few years ago..name of the pass began with an S, driving from Italian Lakes to Grindelwald. Not too much problem driving except for occassional white out.
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Aug 4th, 2011, 06:49 PM
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As bob said, it's September so should be fine. The roads are, obviously, smaller than the main highways (but not tiny), wind around quite a few bends and have some amazing bridges to cross (esp St Gotthard Pass) so take your time, but the views are just spectacular. San Bernadino Pass is a little "gentler" than the St Gotthard, but still spectacular.

Both passes are usually open until October-ish, but perhaps check ahead of your drive (ie closer to the day of driving) on more accurate weather conditions and road situations. There's this site http://www.swissinfo.ch/ger/infos_zu...ml?cid=7766200 but traffic info (Verkehrsinfo) is only in German (or French or Italian), so if you don't read any of these, try a search on webcams of each pass and see what things look like or try the road conditions secdtion on http://www.meteoswiss.admin.ch/web/e...onditions.html
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Aug 4th, 2011, 11:52 PM
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The passes are usually fine up to first week of October. Quite often, we'll have snowfall for 2-3 days in October but then it will melt and the passes will be fine again until mid November.

One cannot predict weather conditions in the mountains.
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Aug 5th, 2011, 12:37 PM
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Many thanks to everyone.
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