There is a storm warning for the entire state of Salzburg today. Due to a strong low in northern Europe, stormy westerly winds are to be expected – on the mountains with speeds of up to 100 km/h.
The state’s civil protection has issued a storm warning for northern Flachgau in cooperation with the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics (ZAMG). Wind peaks of up to 100 km/h are expected here from Thursday morning. The valleys of the northern Alps and the Lungau should also be affected. The storm front should reach Salzburg on Thursday night, and it should get stormy from the morning hours. The highest wind peaks are to be expected around noon and in the afternoon in northern Flachgau.
Storm damage possible
According to ZAMG, wind peaks of between 60 and 80 km/h are expected in the valleys of the northern Alps, and 90 km/h are also possible in places. In the Lungau, the storm front should not arrive until Thursday afternoon and last until Friday night. Wind peaks between 60 and 80 km/h are also expected here, and 90 km/h are also possible in places. From a wind force of 80 km/h, damage from falling trees and billboards can be expected, according to the meteorologists. The risk of avalanches will increase in the mountains due to the storm. In large parts of the country, a significant easing of the storm is already expected in the evening.
Restrictions in lift operation possible
The storm front could also lead to violent ones in ski areas. Due to the expected wind speeds, some lifts are likely to be shut down during the day or not go into operation at all. Above all, strong gusts of wind are dangerous for the operation of the lifts, says Erich Egger, spokesman for the Salzburg cable car industry and board member of the Schmittenhöhebergbahnen in Zell am See. According to Egger, there are precise regulations for each track up to which wind strength it is allowed to drive.
Civil protection advises caution
The civil protection of the state of Salzburg recommends the following rules of conduct:
• Fasten loose objects or put them away (balcony furniture, flower pots and the like).
• Close window shutters or roller shutters and retract awnings.
• Refrain from going for walks (“walking the dog”), especially in the forest and parks.
• Park cars in garages if possible.
• No repair work outdoors during storm peaks, especially no climbing on roofs.
• Prepare for power outages.
• Be careful on the road, especially when overtaking.
• Plan for delays in road, rail and air traffic.
• In the mountains, expect heavy snow loads and considerably higher storm peaks.
• Pay attention to information on radio and television.