update 13.01.20 18:02 (Michael Butschek - translated by Jeffrey McCabe)
Only very isolated danger zones
Favourable avalanche situation, but snow depths and snow quality are deteriorating. Isolated glide-snow avalanches are possible in extremely steep grassy and rocky terrain in all aspects. There are risks of taking a fall caused by fresh, thin snowdrift patches in Tauern zone.
Avalanche danger is LOW.
The snow cover has settled quite well and is compact. However, for a few hours on Monday in the Tauern zone, southerly foehn winds generated and deposited small, shallow snowdrifts. Melt-freeze encrusted surfaces (breakable to icy) predominate. On steep sunny slopes the snow transforms to corn snow. There are no indications of pronounced weak layers inside the snowpack which would tend towards fracture propagation. Generally the borderline between snowpack and the ground is the only weak layer.
Alpine Weather Forecast (ZAMG Salzburg)
On Tuesday, outstanding visibility, very sunny accompanied by a few thin cirrus clouds high above summit level which could impede sunshine somewhat. At 2000 m: 2 degrees; at 3000 m: -3 degrees. Light to moderate winds.
Short Term Development
As a result of rising southerly winds on Wednesday in the Tauern, fresh, shallow snowdrifts will be generated. Higher temperatures in wind-protected zones. Thus, in sun-drenched steep terrain, the risk of small wet-snow loosely-packed avalanches will increase. Nonetheless, conditions will remain favourable overall.