Today, we are exactly in between two snow phases. After 20 to 30 centimetres yesterday in the eastern Austrian stau area, today it is temporarily quieter. Tomorrow, a passing warm front will bring a real bang, bringing half a metre of snow on a large scale. A stormy wind will spoil the fun tomorrow and make conditions higher up very tricky.
About 20 centimetres in the Nordstau areas from Tyrol and further east. Around the Dachstein locally even a bit more. Higher up, the wind was already quite stormy yesterday, especially in the east. The weather station on the Feuerkogel in Upper Austria recorded wind gusts of over 100 kilometres per hour yesterday. Tomorrow, the passing of the warm front in combination with the heavy snowfall will make it even more stormy.
Today it will be a bit quieter before the long-awaited strong snowfall arrives in the form of a warm front. On the webcam image in Innsbruck you can still see the clouds of the Nordstau in the Karwendel (left), but south of it it's already clearing up and it's even quite sunny. Further east it is still a bit cloudier and it continues to snow a bit longer in the stau areas.
Tomorrow will bring the real dump we have been waiting for. A warm front will provide a mild and moist flow that will hit the Austrian Alps. The extra lifting movement at the edge of the Alps can bring a lot of snow in a short time. With the passing of the warm front, the cold will be driven further to the east, but it will still be cold enough for snow up to most valleys. Below 1000 metres, the snowfall will become a bit wetter as the day progresses. The snow line will not rise much above 600 metres.
Between the Tyrolean Unterland and the far eastern Alps, half a meter of snow may fall higher up until Saturday night. The strongest snowfall, as I wrote in the previous weather reports, is expected around the Dachstein massif. In the stau areas 80 to maybe even 100 centimeters of snow is possible on top of the snow that has already fallen. Don't go too high up on Saturday, because the wind is going to increase again. In combination with heavy snowfall and poor visibility it will not a good idea. The winds will be still strong on Sunday too, but a lot less compared to Saturday. When the calm has returned after the weekend, especially Monday and Tuesday will be two dream days in:
As I mentioned earlier, the wind will play a big role during the heavy snowfall tomorrow, making it very tricky. Wind gusts of over 100 kilometres per hour are possible again and will cause a lot of wind-blown snow. Both on the northern edge of the Alps and in the inner alpine areas around the alpine ridge this Triebschnee will be a big problem! Check the avalanche bulletins of the local avalanche services before you go.
When you are on the road in areas like Krippenstein and Loser - Altaussee (where it gets really deep) you have to take into account another danger besides the strong winds and the increasing avalanche danger. Pay attention to the dolines in the terrain in these areas! There has not been a lot of snow this winter and the karst landscape with funnel-shaped dolines in Loser - Altaussee and Krippenstein is treacherous, especially during heavy snowfall, wind and poor visibility. If you don't know the terrain, go with a guide.
From Sunday onwards, it will slowly but surely clear up in Austria as well, and Monday and Tuesday promise to be two wonderful powder days, as I mentioned earlier. Only the easternmost Alps will have to deal with clouds for a while longer, but here it will remain a lot colder than in the west. In the rest of the Alps it will remain dry and sunny for the next few days. For both the Western and Southern Alps, we don't have to expect fresh snow until the end of next week.