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Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

The snow that came early in the week, was the first snow of the season in many places in Iceland. That snow has settled in the warmer temps lately and even disappeared in the lowlands. There still some amount of snow in gullies and on leeward sides but very unlikely that it can cause problems for people.
Written by a specialist at 23 Oct 16:28 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

Low danger

fresh snow that came at the beginning of the week has warmed and thawed at lower elevation. Conditions stable higher up and little snow depth. Gets colder over the weekend with little precip.
Valid from: 23 Oct 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 26 Oct 16:00 GMT

Tröllaskagi

Low danger

The fresh snow that came at the beginning of the week has warmed and thawed at lower elevation. Conditions stable higher up and little snow depth. Gets colder over the weekend with little precip.
Valid from: 23 Oct 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 26 Oct 16:00 GMT

East fjords

Low danger

The fresh snow that came at the beginning of the week has warmed and thawed at lower elevation. Conditions stable higher up and little snow depth. Gets colder over the weekend with little precip.
Valid from: 23 Oct 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 26 Oct 16:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

Light variable wind, but northeast 5 to 10 m/s in the Westfjords and at the coast in the northernmost part. Some rain or sleet, but snow or sleet at times in the north. Light southerly or variable wind tomorrow and rain or sleetshowers, but somewhat clearing in north and east by afternoon. Temperature 0 to 5 degrees C, but light frost inland in the north. On Saturday: Becoming northeast wind, 8 to 13 m/s with some snowshowers in north and east, but sleet or rain in the east by afternoon. Partly fair in south and west part. Frost 0 to 5 degrees C, but just above freezing point by the south and east coast. On Sunday: North and northwest 5 to 13 m/s, strongest by the north and east coast. Snowshowers in the north, but fair in the south. Frost 0 to 5 degrees C. On Monday: Lookes like strong north wind, with snow or snowshowers, but mainly dry in south part. Rather cold
Written by a specialist at 23 Oct 16:31 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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