update 15.01.18 7:18 (Bernhard Niedermoser - translated by Jeffrey McCabe)
One more time, little change. Mostly low avalanche danger.
The snowpack is cold and 95% hard. Older snowdrifts rarely triggerable above 2100 m, most easily at edges of drifts from a big impulse. More potential danger in the Hohe Tauern above 2300 m: small fresh and older ridgeline drifts. Steep E/N slopes require caution (MODERATE danger of slab avalanches). Gliding avalanches below 2100 m are now seldom.
Avalanche danger is LOW, in the Hohe Tauern above 2300 m danger is MODERATE.
Ahead of tomorrow’s snowfall, the snowpack is stable. Up to 2200 m the frozen layers dominate the upper third. Beneath the uppermost rain crusts (1400-2200 m) lies a potential fracture point for coming snowdrift masses: a faceted, soft, thin layer. Further up, firm drifts and hardened dry layers dominate the scene, exposed terrain is windblown. Most of the powder snow is in the Hohe Tauern, on north-facing slopes above 2000/2200 m, in some places as much as 20 cm, which will be transported today by westerly winds.
Alpine Weather Forecast (ZAMG Salzburg)
Today, a bit of light snowfall here and there. Summits will stay hidden in fog until midday, only in Upper Pinzgau will the sun penetrate it. As of midday, sunshine everywhere. Westerly winds will be strong (40 km/hr), in exposed zones even stronger (70 km/hr). This afternoon, southerly foehn will arise. At 2000 m: -5 degrees; at 3000 m: -11 degrees.
Short Term Development
Fresh snow and winds will change the situation on Tuesday afternoon. Snowdrifts will be deposited atop an unfavourable base, the danger of slab avalanches will increase.