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Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

Snowdepth has increased in mountains in the Westfjords and Northern part of Iceland. On Saturday, thaw is expected.
Written by a specialist at 19 Dec 17:31 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

Considerable danger

Snowdepth has increased in mountains over the last 24 hours. On Thursday small avalanches fell in Súðavíkurhlíð and one avalanche today, Friday. It is recommended to be careful around new snow. Tomorrow, Saturday, thaw is expected and instability may increase.
Valid from: 19 Dec 17:00 GMT - Valid until: 22 Dec 16:00 GMT

Tröllaskagi

Considerable danger

Snowdepth in mountains has increased over the last 24 hours. On Thursday weak stability was spotted in snowpit beneath dense snowdrift flank. The snow is variable and in many places on ridges there is very little snow. There is a reason to be very careful where there is some snow. Tomorrow evening a thaw is expected and the instability may increase temporarily.
Valid from: 19 Dec 17:00 GMT - Valid until: 22 Dec 16:00 GMT

East fjords

Moderate danger

Rather little snow in mountains. The snow is expected to be mostly dense and stable, however, windslabs may be found, that could be triggered. Tomorrow, Saturday, thaw is expected in the night and the instability could increase temporarily.
Valid from: 19 Dec 17:00 GMT - Valid until: 22 Dec 17:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

Friday and Saturday: North 10 to 18 m/s and snow in Vestfirðir at first, then 13 to 20 m/s. Increasing in the north by morning, 10-18 near noon. Snow and later snowshowers. Increasing also in the east with precipitation in the evening, but moderating considerable and clearing in the west. Frost 1 to 12 degrees C, coldest inland in the northeast. Becoming southeast 15 to 23 tomorrow morning with snow and later sleet or rain. Lighter wind and dry in the north and east until afternoon. Tawn in most places on lowlands. On Sunday: Southwesterly or variable wind, mainly 3 to 10 m/s and snowshowers, but intermittent snow in the northeast and east. Becoming frost in all parts.
Written by a specialist at 19 Dec 08:01 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.

Safe backcountry travel requires training and experience. You control your own risk by choosing where, when and how you travel.

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