‘Once in a century’: ‘Unusually high’ amount of snow set to fall in southern Austria

'Once in a century': 'Unusually high' amount of snow set to fall in southern Austria
A man takes a picture of fallen snow in Vienna. Photo: ALEX HALADA / AFP
Southern Austria is bracing for a snowstorm on Tuesday, with a low moving up towards the Alps from Italy. Between 50 and 100 centimetres of snow is expected.

A low-pressure system named ‘Yvonne’ is set to move up from Italy into southern Austria on Tuesday, bringing with it up between 50 and 100 centimetres of fresh snow. 

From lunchtime on Tuesday, a snowfall of 50 centimetres is expected in the valleys of East Tyrol and Upper Carinthia, while 100 centimetres is expected to fall in the Lesachtal Valley.

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‘Record volumes’ of snow have fallen in Austria over the weekend, according to Kurier

Over the weekend, 298 millimetres of snow fell in Lienz, East Tyrol, breaking the previous record from 1966. 

In Döllach, Carinthia, 238 millimetres fell over the weekend – which was also a record. 

Meteorologist Florian Pfurtscheller told Kurier the amount of snow was unusual for this time of year. 

“These are once in a century events. They are more likely to occur in September and October as rain and not in December as snow.”

The snowfall is expected to continue through Tuesday and Wednesday before slowing on Wednesday evening. 


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