Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

Poor stability of snow in many areas lately and many reports of avalanches earlier this week. On Tuesday human triggered avalanches released in northern Vestfjords, Tröllaskagi and in the highlands. On Thursday, it warmed quite a bit and temperatures reached above freezing at mountain tops. Continuing melt-freeze cycle next few days and the snow should gain strength under those conditions.
Written by a specialist at 24 Mar 16:00 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

Considerable danger

Persistant weak layer has been at the boundary old firn/newer windslab, for some time. Not many natural avalanches have released on this layer but two human triggered slab avalanches released last Tuesday. Yesterday, Thursday temperatures rose above freezing point at mountain tops. Continuing melt-freeze cycles are expected today and this weekend. Under those conditions the snowpack should gain strength. Yesterdays warm period lasted for a short time so the persistant week layer could still be present.
Valid from: 24 Mar 11:00 GMT - Valid until: 27 Mar 16:00 GMT

Tröllaskagi

Considerable danger

Persistant week layer has been in the snowpack in Tröllaskagi for some time. Many slab avalanches released earlier this weak and a few human triggered avalanches. This weak-layer has not been associated with certain aspects. Yesterday, Thursday temperatures rose above freezing point up to mountain tops. Continuing melt-freeze cycles are expected today and this weekend and under theese conditions the snowpack should gain strength. Yesterdays warm period lasted for a short time so the persistant week layer could still be present.
Valid from: 24 Mar 11:00 GMT - Valid until: 27 Mar 16:00 GMT

East fjords

Moderate danger

The new snow seems quite well bounded to the firn. Recent avalanche activity has been low and snowpits from Thursday indicate good bounding in the snow. Warming temperatures today and tomorrow could cause wet loosesnow avalanches. Isolated windslabs could be found at high elevations.
Valid from: 24 Mar 11:40 GMT - Valid until: 27 Mar 16:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

Strong southerly winds on Friday and warming temperatures. Heavy rainfall in the south and west. Strong SW-winds on Saturday and colder temperatures and a few snow showers. Eastfjords remain relatively warm. Warm southerly winds again on Sunday and sleet/rain in the west.
Written by a specialist at 24 Mar 16:09 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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