Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

Heavy precipitation in very strong easterly winds on Wednesday in southern part of Westfjords. On Thursday were strong NE wind with some precipitation. On Thursday evening were heavy precipitation in N wind. Many avalanches fell in the area in the last two days. Windslab is in W to S aspects and the new snow can be unstable. Unstable snowpack is also in southwest part of the country especially in north and west aspects.
Written by a specialist at 01 Mar 09:26 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

High danger

Heavy precipitation on Thursday evening in NNE-wind. Precipitation on Wednesday and Thursday in E- and NE-winds. Large avalanche fell in Önundarfjörður on Friday morning and many avalanches on Súðavíkurhlíð from Wednesday to Friday and smaller avalanches in the area. Windslab is in W to S aspects and the new snow can be unstable.
Valid from: 27 Feb 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 02 Mar 16:00 GMT


Considerable danger

Strong E-storm on wednesday with sleet and few avalanches. Thursday night we had W-storm whith some precip, mostly in the western part. Continious precip until friday afternoon and intense snowfall in Siglufjordur. The weatherforecasts tells that the precip will hold up but in friday evening the windspeed will catch up again with NE-flow and increasing precip again. Northerly wind and precip can be expected the whole weekend. It could be tricky to avoid dangerous spots now as the winddrift has been both in w- and easterly winds the last days.
Valid from: 27 Feb 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 02 Mar 16:00 GMT

East fjords

Considerable danger

Unstability were observed in snowpit in the beginning of the week. Heavy precipitation on Wednesday, raining on lowland but snow in mountains. Snow has accumulate in S and W aspects and the unstability could be present in the snowpack.
Valid from: 27 Feb 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 02 Mar 16:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

North and northeast 8 to 15 m/s, lighter in east. Snowshowers in the north, elsewhere fair, but snow in south part today. Frost 0 to 8 degrees C. On Tuesday: West 8 to 15 m/s. Light snow or snowshowers, but mostly dry in the southeast part. Frost 1 to 11 degrees C, coldest inland.
Written by a specialist at 01 Mar 08:43 GMT

Avalanche Danger Scale

The bulletin uses the international Public Avalanche Danger Scale.

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IMO issues an avalanche bulletin Monday, Wedenesday and Friday at 16:00 GMT for three selected areas.

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