The onset of winter: snowfall is also possible in Vienna

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The weather will be windy and increasingly unstable starting Friday, with snowfall in the east up to 500 meters in some places. The coldest weather is expected from night to Sunday, after which it will become significantly warmer, starting from the west, according to Geosphere Austria’s forecast on Wednesday.

Thursday will still be sunny in many places
On Thursday, an intermediate high-pressure system will initially ensure sunny weather. Only between the Tyrolean lowlands and Mostviertel will there be light rain from some denser clouds. The snow line will be around 1,200 meters. In the afternoon, increasingly dense clouds will gather from the west. During the afternoon, weak to moderate winds will blow from the east to the south; in the foehn valleys on the northern side of the Alps, even brisk winds. Temperatures in the morning will be between minus one and ten degrees. The highest temperatures of the day will be between nine and 15 degrees.

Snow up to 500 meters in the east on Friday
A small-scale low-pressure system will move eastwards from Bavaria on Friday, and it will be windy across Austria. Clouds and precipitation will accumulate on the northern side of the Alps. A north-westerly current will bring in significantly colder air masses, and the snow line will drop to 500 to 1,000 meters by the evening. There will also be a lot of clouds in the north and east, and rain or snow showers will pass through. Sometimes, the sun will still shine south of the main Alpine ridge, but a stormy, northerly wind will take hold here. Early temperatures will rise from minus two to plus seven degrees to a maximum of four to twelve degrees.

A low-pressure area passes Austria on Saturday
An area of low pressure at high altitude will pass just east of Austria on Saturday. With the solid north-westerly current, clouds will accumulate in the mountains and rain or snowfall is to be expected from time to time. Short showers will persist in the country’s western half, and the sun will appear more often. In the afternoon, there will also be clearing in the east. The snow line in the east will be around 700 meters; in the west, it will remain above 1,300 meters. In the south, dry weather will generally prevail, and the sun will be out most often and for the most extended periods. Maximum daily temperatures will range from two to ten degrees.

A cloudy Sunday paired with rain showers
A warm front from the west will bring thick, widespread clouds on Sunday and intermittent rain, especially in the west and on the northern side of the Alps. The snow line here will rise to over 2,000 meters. During the day, the clouds will also arrive in the east, but there will be hardly any rain here. It will remain predominantly dry, with a few sunny spells in the south. Maximum daily temperatures will mostly reach six to twelve degrees, in some places even colder in cold-air lakes in the inner Alps.

Unstable weather at the start of the week
The weather will remain unsettled at the start of the week. There will mostly be a few clouds, and the sun will only appear occasionally. Rain showers will continue to fall, especially in the west, and the snow line will gradually drop to around 1,500 meters. In the afternoon, it will rain more and more in the south. It will be mostly dry, and the longest sunny spells will be in the east. The wind will blow weakly to moderately in westerly directions. Temperatures will rise from minus one to plus nine degrees in the morning to a maximum of eight to 14 degrees.

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