Heavy snowfall in Austria causes disruption – see which roads are affected

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Heavy snowfall in Austria causes disruption – see which roads are affected

Heavy snowfall over the weekend has caused plenty of disruption to roads in the Austrian mountains as well as in parts of Slovenia. A number of roads are still affected and you can find a list of them below.

The winter snow over the weekend predominantly hit the Austrian regions of Carinthia and Tirol. Since Sunday morning, heavy snow and rain has seen 300 firefighters called out across Carinthia to deal with a number of problems. In the East Tyrol area, the authorities even announced a level-4 avalanche risk.

Many localities remain without electricity and many of them cannot be reached because of closures to mountain roads.

In addition, some major road connections were also closed this morning, reports the Austrian news portal nachrichten.at. This includes Großglockner Straße (B107) and Mölltal Straße (B106), which are impassable in several places due to avalanche danger. Moreover, Kötschach-Mauthen is only available to emergency vehicles, while Iselsberg does not have a route between Carinthia and East Tyrol.

Those hoping to use the Plöckenpass towards Italy will only be able to do so using snow chains. However, some other roads also have this requirement, as you will see in the list below.

According to the information provided on an ongoing basis by the ÖAMTC, the Austrian automobile club, the following roads are currently impassable due to snowfall:


  • L25 in Huben (in both directions),
  • B108 between Matrei and Mittersill (in both directions),
  • B111 between Obertilliach and Maria Luggau (in both directions),
  • B182 between A13, Brennersee and Schönberg in both directions and between Stephansbrücke and Brennersee (in both directions),
  • B186 between Zwieselstein and Hochgurgl (in both directions) and between Neudorf and Sölden (in both directions),
  • B186 / L238 between Neudorf and Niederthai (in both directions),
  • L13 between Gries im Sellrain and Kühtai (in both directions),
  • L16 between Wenns and Sankt Leonhard (in both directions),
  • L24 between Hinterbichl and Obermauern (in both directions),
  • L26 between Huben and Großdorf (in both directions),
  • L27 between Kreuzung nach Oberdrauburg and Nikolsdorf (in both directions),
  • L74 at the height of Rajach (in both directions),
  • L232 between Ranalt and Mutterbergalm (in both directions),
  • L234 between Gries im Sellrain and Praxmar (in both directions),
  • L237 between Ochsengarten and Oetz (in both directions),
  • L246 between Pfafflar and Imst (in both directions),
  • L273 between Panzendorf and Kalkstein (in both directions),
  • L289 between Plone and Schlaiten (in both directions),
  • L322 between Ainet and Kreuzung nach Oberlienz (in both directions),
  • L324 between Anras and Kosten (in both directions),
  • L325 between Tessenberg and Hintenburg (in both directions),
  • L358 between Kreuzung nach Hopfgarten in Defereggen and Sankt Veit in Defereggen (in both directions).


  • B84 between Neuegg and Unteraichwald (in both directions)
  • B106 between Sapotnica and Kreuzung nach Hundsdorf (in both directions),
  • B107 between Döllach and Heiligenblut am Großglockner (in both directions) and between Winklern and Iselsberg (in both directions) for heavy goods vehicles,
  • B110 between Mauthen and Plöckenpass (in both directions),
  • B111 between Strajach and Kötschach (in both directions)

Obligation to wear snow chains due to black ice and snowfall:


  • B100 between Leisach and Sillian snow chains obligation for vehicles over 7.5 t (in both directions),
  • B165 between Zell am Ziller and Mittersill, snow chains compulsory (in both directions),
  • B180 between the Reschenpass and Nauders border crossing in both directions – snow chains compulsory for vehicles over 3.5 tons (in both directions),
  • B197 between Sankt Christoph and Alpe Rauz snow chains compulsory for vehicles over 3.5 t (in both directions) m
  • L72 between Pfafflar and Imst snow chains compulsory (in both directions),
  • L236 between Mötz and Mieming snow chains mandatory for vehicles over 3.5 t (in both directions),
  • L237 / L13 between Mühlau and Kühtai snow chains compulsory (in both directions),
  • L254 between Niederhof and Ortsausgang snow chains required (in both directions),
  • L309 between Hausegg and Kreuzun

Road closures and restrictions in Slovenia

Segments of the A1 and A2 motorways (the sections between Senožece and Nanos in the direction of Koper, respectively between Lesce and Radovlijca to Austria) have been closed due to road accidents involving cargo transport.

Other sections of national roads (e.g. in the northwest of the Gorenjska region) were closed for the same reason. The Fernetiči (Italy) and Starod and Jelšane (Croatia) border crossings were closed for cargo over 7.5 tonnes.

Traffic on a section of the motorway between Ajdovščina and the Nanos intersection has also been restricted.

Photo credit: KrauS / Wikimedia Commons (illustrative image)

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