Alps surprised by early snowfall, Swiss town sees new record

In parts of Austria, snowfall was recorded as low as 1,805 feet above sea level

Parts of Switzerland, Austria, and Germany were surprised by unseasonably early snowfall overnight, after a sharp drop in temperatures and heavy precipitation.

The Swiss meteorological agency said Saturday that the town of Montana, in the southern canton (state) of Valais, saw almost 10 inches of snowfall — a new record for this time of year.

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A car makes his way through heavy snow on motorway A 13 in Noesslach near Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

A car makes his way through heavy snow on motorway A 13 in Noesslach near Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Authorities were out in force across mountainous regions to clear roads blocked by snow and ice.

Cars make their way through heavy snow on motorway A 13 in Noesslach near Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Cars make their way through heavy snow on motorway A 13 in Noesslach near Innsbruck, Austria, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

In parts of Austria, snowfall was recorded as low as 1,805 feet above sea level.

Fresh snow is visible on the slopes of the Moleson mountain near the still green pastures, on Saturday, 26 September 2020, at Moleson in Gruyere, Switzerland.

Fresh snow is visible on the slopes of the Moleson mountain near the still green pastures, on Saturday, 26 September 2020, at Moleson in Gruyere, Switzerland. (Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

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