Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

The old snow is considered mostly stable. New snow in the mountains that could have poor bonding with older snow. Possible weakness in the new snow.
Written by a specialist at 27 Mar 14:19 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

Considerable danger

Snow showers the last days in SW-wind. Snow pit on Friday in S aspect shows two layers with facets. No windslab was on top of these layers in the snowpit and little new snow. But more snow could be in other areas and aspects. These layers could be dangerous where windlsab has formed.
Valid from: 27 Mar 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 30 Mar 16:00 GMT


Considerable danger

New snow in most aspects. Warm up to the mountaintops on Saturday 21th and N-NW snowstorm on Monday. Snow has been drifting in the mountains in N- and S-winds. Weak hail layer in the new snow and poor bonding with older snow were observed in snowpit on Friday morning. Layering in older snow but good stability. Layer with faceting crystals in the old snow. High temperature gradient in the snowpack so weakening snow pack should be expected. Skiers experienced failures in a thin windslab in NW-aspect at 900 m a.s.l., the slab was thin and pretty well bounded to the firn.
Valid from: 27 Mar 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 30 Mar 16:00 GMT

East fjords

Moderate danger

Considerable precipitation in southern part of the area in SE-wind on Wednesday. Some small avalanches fell in the weather. Little layering in the snowpack and the older snow seems stable. The new snow could be dangerous where it have accumulated in gullies and slopes with NW aspect. Heavy precipitation forecasted in N-wind on Monday.
Valid from: 27 Mar 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 30 Mar 16:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

Increasing southwest wind, 10 to 18 m/s after noon. Snowshowers, mainly in the south and west. Lighter wind and still snowshowers tomorrow, but fair in the east. Temperature around freezing point during the day, but temperature 0 to 5 deg. C, by the south and east coast. On Sunday: Northeast 10 to 15 m/s in the northwest and also in the southeast part, elsewhere lighter wind. Widely snow or snowshowers. Frost 0 to 7 deg. C, coldest in the north. On Monday: Northerly wind 5 to 15 m/s, strongest wind in the east. Snow or snowshowers in the northeast and east parts, but fair weather in the south and west. Still cold.
Written by a specialist at 27 Mar 14:22 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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