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Five Alpine Passes Closed After Early Snowfall

October 9, 1989

GENEVA (AP) _ Five alpine passes remained closed Monday after an early snowfall over the weekend, officials said.

The Nufenen, Grimsel, Furka, Susten and Klausen passes in central and eastern Switzerland remained closed to road traffic following the storm, the Swiss Touring Club said.

The Gotthard pass was closed temporarily after receiving 8 inches of snow Saturday, but was open again Monday.

The snowstorm left 14 mountain climbers stranded in three alpine huts in the Bernese Oberland region of central Switzerland on Sunday, said emergency rescue service spokesman Marco Azzoni.

Snow fell at altitudes as low as 2,400 feet in some parts of Switzerland. Some winter resorts in eastern Switzerland reported being snowed in.

The Swiss meteorological service said cold temperatures were expected to continue in Switzerland at least until Wednesday.

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