Weather warning | Cold snap in Austria: Where the most snow falls

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The weekend will bring cold and snow to Austria. The meteorologists at Geosphere (formerly Zamg) even issued a weather warning on Friday. This is because the stormy north-westerly wind on the mountains is causing cold and humid polar air and, thus, clouds and precipitation to accumulate on the northern side of the Alps. The areas from Vorarlberg, from the Bregenz Forest to the Styrian Salzkammergut and the Mostviertel are particularly affected. “It will snow here until Sunday evening, sometimes persistently and heavily,” says meteorologist Thomas Turecek. The snow line will drop from an initial 1000 meters on Friday to up to 300 meters. However, most of the snow will fall in the mountains, with up to 50 centimetres forecast for the weekend. The risk of avalanches is increasing in the high mountains.

The south of Austria is shielded from the Alps, according to Geosphere. So hardly any snow will arrive here. As far as the lower-lying roads are concerned, there is no danger, according to Turecek. “The ground is still too warm.” Even the snow that falls at lower altitudes will, therefore, not remain. However, the Tauern and Pyhrn motorways, as well as Semmering and Wechsel, may be “temporarily snow-covered.”

In terms of temperatures, it will be between zero and minus five degrees in the mountains at the weekend. At lower altitudes, temperatures will remain in the single digits. Ski resort operators should be happy about the cold snap: low temperatures are needed to be able to fire up the snow cannons, explains Turecek.

On Monday, the air pressure will rise, and the weather will calm down for the time being, says the meteorologist. The “next wave of cold air” is expected on Tuesday. The “onset of winter” is normal for this time of year. In recent years, the first cold spell has always occurred at the end of November or the beginning of December.
– source: kleinezeitung.at/picture: Bild von Mariya auf Pixabay

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