Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

The snow pack warmed and has become wet in places during the weekend. Cooling weather and snowfall may produce instabilities due to temperature gradient metamorphism. Avalanches fell on roads in N-Westfjords Monday night.
Written by a specialist at 15 Jan 10:55 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

High danger

Uncertainity phase in N-Westfjords. The snow pack warmed and has become wet in places during the weekend. Cooling weather and snowfall may produce instabilities due to temperature gradient metamorphism. Avalanches fell on roads Monday night. Continued snowfall and snow drift is forecast on Monday and Tuesday.
Valid from: 15 Jan 10:30 GMT - Valid until: 17 Jan 16:00 GMT

Tröllaskagi

Considerable danger

The snow pack warmed and has become wet almost up to mountain ridges last week. Cooling weather and snowfall may produce instabilities due to temperature gradient metamorphism. Continued snowfall and snow drift in NW winds is forecasted on Monday and Tuesday.
Valid from: 15 Jan 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 17 Jan 16:00 GMT

East fjords

Moderate danger

The snow pack warmed and has become wet in places during the weekend but the weather became cooler on Sunday. There has been little or no snowfall and little snowfall is forecast until Wedneday. If there is a little localised snowfall or accumulation of drift snow, the top of the snowpack may become unstable due to temperature gradient metamorphism. Therefore, travellers in the mountains need to be careful if they encounter fresh snow although generally the avalanche danger in the Eastfjords considered low.
Valid from: 15 Jan 14:00 GMT - Valid until: 17 Jan 16:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

There was considerable snow fall in the mountains during the weekend. A low pressure system north of Iceland moves eastward today, Monday, with N-ly winds 15-20 m/s, accumulated snowfall 20-30 mm in the mountains in N-Westfjords and Tröllaskagi. The low moves back west on Tuesday morning with N-NNW winds, 20-25 m/s in N-Westfjords and Tröllaskagi and accumulated snowfall around and over 70 mm in the mountains in N-Westfjords and Tröllaskagi. Considerable snow drift is expected. The weather improves early Wednesday morning.
Written by a specialist at 15 Jan 10:48 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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