update 13.01.18 6:56 (Claudia Riedl - translated by Jeffrey McCabe)
Above about 2300 m, esp. in Hohe Tauern, slab avalanches can still be triggered by large additional loading, most easily at edges on steep, north-facing slopes and in laterally drifted W/E facing gulles in transitions from shallow to deep snow. In the other ranges, very isolated danger zones for slab releases. Up to 2100 m, isolated gliding avalanches are possible.
Avalanche danger is LOW; in the Hohe Tauern above 2300 m it is MODERATE. Snowdrifts from Tuesday are found near terrain edges both near to and distant from ridgelines on north-facing slopes and in laterally wind-loaded gullies and bowls. For most, large additional loading is necessary to trigger a slab. Most critical are the transitions form shallow to deep snow. At low and intermediate altitudes (up to 2100 m) isolated gliding avalanches are possible. Avoid spots near glide cracks.
The snowpack has settled well. It is compact, with embedded ice patches. The surface is covered with various types of melt-freeze crusts. In some places there is still powder, although affected by wind.
Alpine Weather Forecast (ZAMG Salzburg)
Today, Saturday, visibility is good, sunshine is frequent. High fog extends to about 1100 m. The peaks could disappear in cloud. It will be sunniest in the Pinzgau. Dense cloudbanks will move from Styria into Pongau and Lungau. Hardly and wind, except for light-to-moderate S/E winds in the foehn lanes. At 2000 m: -3 degrees; at 3000 m: -8 degrees.
Short Term Development
Not much change anticipated.