Avalanche forecasts

Avalanche conditions

Uncertainty phase due to avalanche danger is in effect in the northern part of the Westfjords. Many natural avalanches during the last two days in the west and north. On Thursday and Friday further snowfall is expected in strong N winds in the Westfjords, North and Eastfjords. More avalanches may be expected and unstable windslabs in many areas.
Written by a specialist at 22 Nov 19:35 GMT

Forecast for selected areas

Northern Westfjords

High danger

In the last two days quite a few avalanches have fallen in the area in N and NE snowstorms. Avalanches have reached roads in Súðavíkurhlíð, Önundarfjörður and Eyrarhlíð. Tomorrow, Thursday, N and NW snowstorm is in the forecast and the avalanche danger will increase again. On Friday the forecast is for snowshowers and northerly winds. Snow has drifted into lows and gullies in the terrain, and on leeward sides of mountains. Unstable windslabs should be expected.
Valid from: 22 Nov 17:40 GMT - Valid until: 24 Nov 16:00 GMT


Considerable danger

Quite alot of snow came the last days in the mountains. Strong N winds on Monday realeased several slab avalanches, one rather big. The temperatures have gone up with rain on lowland but below freezing point above 400 m elevation. This has formed a crust which brakes easily and might be a week layer in starting zones at low elevation. The winds haven"t been strong today, Wednesday but on Thursday-Friday moderate/strong northerly winds are expected with quite alot of snow the next days. Wind slabs are therefore expected to keep on building up and are still estimated the main concearn.
Valid from: 22 Nov 16:00 GMT - Valid until: 24 Nov 14:00 GMT

East fjords

Considerable danger

Some new snow in the mountains. On Thursday and Friday a snowstorm is in the forecast in strong NNW wind. Unstable windslabs should be expected in gullies and lows in the terrain.
Valid from: 22 Nov 17:50 GMT - Valid until: 24 Nov 16:00 GMT

Weather forecast in terms of avalanche danger

N snowstorm in the forecast for the northern and eastern part of the country during the next two days.
Written by a specialist at 22 Nov 19:33 GMT

Avalanche Danger Scale

The bulletin uses the international Public Avalanche Danger Scale.

About the bulletin

IMO issues an avalanche bulletin Monday, Wedenesday and Friday at 16:00 GMT for three selected areas.

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