Message for U.S. Citizens: Weather Alert

Location:  Austrian Alpine Regions

Event:  The Austrian Weather Service and the European Avalanche Warning System report that the avalanche danger is high over widespread areas in the mountainous regions of Austria. Some parts of Austria have reached a level five warning on the European Avalanche Warning scale (the highest threat level). Weather conditions can change rapidly at higher altitudes. Both fresh snow and snowdrifts are highly prone to triggering.  Exposed transportation routes can be placed at risk, and some settlement areas are prone to avalanches.

Actions to take:

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities and guides.
  • Avoid back country skiing or other winter sports in affected areas.
  • Monitor local media for updates before and during your travel.
  • Monitor websites of the European Avalanche Warning system and the Austrian Avalanche Report website at https://www.lawine.at/.
  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Advisories, Europe Travel Alert, and Austria Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy Consular Section in Vienna, located at Parkring 12A, 1010 Vienna, at  (+43-1) 31339-0, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+43) 31339-0.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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