Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

In upper part of mountains old wind slabs sit on top of melt-freeze snow in many areas, with some fresh snow on top of that. Warm spell on Tuesday and Wednesday with some precip, especially in the SE and E. Temperature has not reached above zero in upper part of mountains, and some considerable fresh snow might be found in top of some mountains, especially in the SE.
Written by a specialist at 13 Dec 14:38 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

Moderate danger

Warmer temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday after a cold spell. The temperature reached above zero in lowlands but not in upper part of mountains and there was a little precipitation and some periods with strong E winds. The forecast is for cooler temps again and little precip on Thursday and Friday. Old melt-freeze snow in the mountains with some old windslabs in lows and gullies and a little fresh snow on top of that. The snow is considered mostly stable and the stability should increase with lower temps. However, unstable windslabs might be found in some isolated places in steep slopes and gullies.
Valid from: 13 Dec 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 15 Dec 14:00 GMT

Tröllaskagi

Moderate danger

Warmer temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday after a cold spell. The temperature reached above zero in lowlands but not in upper part of mountains and there was a little precipitation. The forecast is for cooler temps again and little precip on Thursday and Friday. Old melt-freeze snow in the mountains with some old windslabs in lows and gullies and a little fresh snow on top of that. The stability of the windslab has probably increased a bit in warmer temps, however, isolated unstable windslabs might be found in steep slopes and gullies, especially in northern parts of gullies.
Valid from: 13 Dec 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 15 Dec 14:00 GMT

East fjords

Moderate danger

Considerable precipitation on Tuesday until Wednesday, mostly as rain in the lowland but snow in the top of the mountains. The snow came on top of older melt-freeze crust with some snowdrift banks in lows and gullies. The stability of the new snow has not been tested, but it is considered likely that it is quite stable because of relatively high temps during the snowfall and the old snow was mostly stable. The temperature is decreasing again which should add to the stability. Backcountry travelers should, however, be cautious around new snow in steep hills and gullies and test the stability.
Valid from: 13 Dec 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 15 Dec 14:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

Cold weather with little precip on Thursday and Friday.
Written by a specialist at 13 Dec 14:38 GMT


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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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