Winter has Austria firmly in its grip, so if you are coming ski-ing in the next week here is some weather guidance.
Fresh snowfall of up to one metre is forecast for the coming days. From Tyrol to Salzburg to Lower Austria, the utmost caution is therefore advised – both on the roads and in the mountains.
From Kufstein to Mariazell in a west-east direction and from Weyer to Bad Gastein in a north-south direction: In this meteorological region, a lot of fresh snow will fall until the weekend – the forecasts assume up to one metre in some places.
And not only that: It will be windy as well but not so cold with temperatures around and above freezing. This means that damp snow will lie heavy as lead over the landscape. The weather consequences are danger of avalanche, traffic obstructions and possible snow breakage. The experts say. “The heavy snow can knock down trees, which can then fall onto roads, railways and power lines. The snow line fluctuates between 300 and 700 metres above sea level.
Fine winter weather as a ray of hope
However, meteorologist Wostal can also come up with good news: “From Monday 6th Feb at the earliest, there are signs that the weather situation will calm down.” For the second half of the coming week, “finest winter weather” could be in store.
Ski-ers, who usually move away from prepared slopes, are advised to take a break or look for alternatives in the coming days. This is because in Tyrol, Salzburg, Upper Austria, Styria, Lower Austria, Carinthia and East Tyrol, the second-highest avalanche warning level 4 is in effect throughout the ski areas.
According to the Avalanche Warning Service, the situation is particularly tense in Salzburg, where, with the exception of Flachgau, warning levels 3 and 4 are in effect in almost all regions.
In terms of avalanches, it is particularly dangerous in the Tyrolean Unterland, in the Hohe Tauern, on the Hochkönig, in the Kitzbühel Alps, at Pass Gschütt, in the Tennengebirge, on the Untersberg, in the Sengsen and Höllengebirge, in the Ybbstaler Alps around the Ötscher, in the Schladminger, Wölzer and Seckauer Tauern.
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