An avalanche in Klösterle am Arlberg was hit by an avalanche and no one was injured.
After heavy snowfall and strong winds at night, on Thursday there was a four-level avalanche danger in Vorarlberg. Road connections over the Arlberg were initially closed, it was not possible to reach the towns of Arlberg by road. Vehicles remained trapped across the country in deep winter driving conditions.
On Thursday morning, 40 to 50 inches of fresh snow fell widely, locally more. Winter also returned to the lowlands. Above the tree line level four avalanche warning was proclaimed, the main danger was new snow and drifting snow. Spontaneous avalanches are expected and winter sports enthusiasts can also cause snow slabs, the alert service said.
Already on Thursday night, an avalanche in Klösterle am Arlberg affected a residential building. According to Vorarlberg police, snowdrifts penetrated through a window in the hallway around 3:50 p.m. At that time there were six people in the building, no one was injured. The amount of property damage to the slightly secluded house could not be quantified at the moment, it was still habitable, he said.
Some areas not accessible
The exit of the “Wildentobel avalanche” moved the Klostertalerstraße (L 97) to about 200 meters in length, the road remained closed for the time being due to snow and avalanche conditions, according to the local executive. Conditions in Arlberg were very general. Difficult: the Arlberg motorway (S16) was temporarily closed because vehicles were stuck; according to the OAMTC, the Arlbergstraße (L197) between Langen am Arlberg and St. Anton was also inaccessible due to the danger of avalanches. This meant that the cities of Vorarlberg Arlberg were no longer open. The back section of the Bregenzerwaldstraße (L200) was also closed due to the risk of avalanches, which also cut off Warth from the surroundings and Gargellen in Montafon was also inaccessible.
Long delays on Vorarlberg roads in other regions also had to be accepted. Snow chains were mandatory for trucks on higher roads.