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Wed. 28.11.2018
update 28.11.18 16:20 (Bernhard Niedermoser - translated by Jeffrey McCabe)

First headline: still not enough snow...



Activities in outlying terrain away from secured and marked ski runs are either not yet possible, or not worthwhile. Most likely are initial tours into backcountry (isolated, strenuous) in the Hohe Tauern above about 2600 m altitude.
The publication of daily avalanche situation reports will begin the moment real winter begins.

Avalanche Danger

Avalanche prone locations are very, very few in number and only occur in the Hohe Tauern above about 2600 m. As the predicted storm winds make their impact, it is conceivable that small snowdrifts will present some danger. The rawness of the ground is, however, a far greater danger currently, e.g. steep terrain, holes, fences.

Snow Layering

The cold front of 26 + 27 November brought about 15-20 cm of fresh snow. A snow base in the form of a compacted, but generally shallow snow cover can be found area-wide only in the Hohe Tauern as of about 2600 m. The bonding to this old snow is poor in places (cold on warm). Everywhere else, the ground was bare until this snow was deposited. The old snow in the Tauern, which for the most part stems from the last week in October, is compact due to the warm November weather and currently shows no readiness to metamorphose and become faceted.

Alpine Weather Forecast (ZAMG Salzburg)

On 29 November, dry and milder weather is expected. Subsequently, west weather will be variably cloudy for a few days. Monday through Wednesday, probably warm with rainfall up to high altitudes and, above all else, lots of westerly winds will be blowing. Then, after 5, 6, 7 December, it will turn cold again, but little or no precipitation is anticipated. Relevant amounts of fresh snow or a massive onset of winter are not expected until mid-December.

Short Term Development

An update will be published whenever the general situation changes. Daily avalanche situation reports will be launched only with the general beginning of winter.

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