Very high avalanche hazard with the highest warning level 5 in East Tyrol, a large amount of fresh snow in western Carinthia and Upper Carinthia, the amount of precipitation sometimes in the record range – Ms. Holle let her muscles flex on Sundays too. Road and rail closures and mudflow occurred in the territory of the two states. But relaxation is expected on Monday. Schools in the affected areas will remain closed on Monday.
All schools in East Tyrol will have no lessons on Monday due to the tense weather situation, the state of Tyrol announced. This also applies to Ötztal behind, he said. In Upper Carinthia, too, some schools generally don’t open on Mondays. “Safety first,” said Governor Peter Kaiser (SPÖ). However, childcare in schools and kindergartens is guaranteed for children who keep coming, the state said on Sunday.
This is a very rare event, but on Sunday morning the time has come: the Tyrolean avalanche warning service “enforces” an avalanche warning level 5, which is very high risk, in East Tyrol. Spontaneous avalanches are thought to occur from high water catchment areas throughout the day, in isolated cases also very large, he said. But at the same time, the head of the avalanche warning service, Rudi Mair, calmed down at least a little: Due to the relatively warm temperature and sometimes a lot of rain, wet avalanches are expected, not dust avalanches. The latter will cause even more damage.
The fact that the current avalanche situation in East Tyrol is particularly dire was made clear by the departure of the slab on Saturday evening in Prägraten am Großvenediger. Four houses and one vehicle were damaged. People don’t get hurt. Even on Sundays, there are still other plates for a while with individual damaged buildings.
Otherwise, emergency services will have to struggle on all fronts due to the state’s extremely heavy rainfall – in East Tyrol as well as in North Tyrol along the main Alpine ridge from Brenner to Ötztal: isolated landslides and flooded cellars and rail and road closure. In East Tyrol in particular, some 4,000 households were still without electricity on Saturday afternoon and will probably remain so for the rest of the day. The governor of Günther Platter (ÖVP) guarantees East Tyrol’s financial support. Regent Olga Reisner urged residents to stay at home.
Due to bad weather conditions, the Brenner rail line may be cut until Monday afternoon on the Tyrol side (between Steinach and Brenner) and the South Tyrol side (near Franzensfeste), ÖBB informed on Sunday. Otherwise, wherever the weather permits, replacement rail services will be established, he said.
However, in Carinthia, large amounts of fresh snow in the Lesach Valley, Gail Valley, and Upper Möll Valley created roadblocks. At the same time, lower temperatures in the lowlands caused several slopes to slide, and landslides blocked roads. According to the state’s press service, SPÖ regional council member and disaster management officer Daniel Fellner appealed to residents in all weather-affected areas to stay in their homes.
All emergency vehicles from the road maintenance depot continue to be used to control rainfall. Fellner asked residents of Upper Carinthia to comply with an emergency service order: “Please stay in your home and do not climb snow-covered roofs to shovel them for free.”
After a landslide, some roads were closed, while snow chains were made mandatory on others. In the late afternoon and early evening, the snow in Lower Carinthia turned increasingly to heavy rain. At night it is estimated that the rainfall will subside, but in the Karawanken valley there will be a storm.
After the first data analysis, the amount of fresh snow for 24 hours at several ZAMG weather stations in the affected areas in the two states was in record ranges. A “record” was even broken. In Umhausen in Ötztal (1,030 meters above sea level) it snowed about 80 centimeters from Saturday to Sunday, the 24-hour record was 45 centimeters from October 2013. Measurements have been carried out here since 1956.Snow fell in Brenner (1,400 meters) from Saturday to Sunday is about 90 centimeters (note: 100 centimeters, measured in March 1975). At St. Jakob / Defereggen (East Tyrol, 1,283 meters) there was a 110 centimeter layer of snow on Sunday morning, in Döllach in Upper Mölltal (Carinthia, 1,071 meters) 97 centimeters and in Sillian (East Tyrol, 1,081 meters) 89 centimeters.
According to ZAMG, snow fell about 100 to 150 centimeters from Friday to Sunday morning in the Upper Carinthia mountains, East Tyrol and in the main Tyrolean Alps region, sometimes less. About 50 to 100 centimeters of fresh snow will come here on Monday, according to the forecast. Hurricane foehn still hit more than 100 km / h in the mountains on Sunday morning.
The situation in Salzburg
The danger level for bad weather has increased in the southern part of Salzburg. The danger of landslides is increasing rapidly and flooding can occur. Read more about this here.