Avalanche bulletin - Eyjafjörður (experimental)

  • Mon Mar 27

    Moderate danger
  • Tue Mar 28

    Moderate danger
  • Wed Mar 29

    Moderate danger

Windslabs could be on most aspects after variable winds.There are indications that a weak bond between windslabs in the snowpack but a weaks layer of faceted crystals seems to be getting stronger.

The avalanche bulletin is at a regional scale. It does not necessarily represent avalanche danger in urban areas.

Avalanche problems in the area

The largest windslabs could cause large avalanches.

A weak layer is in the snowpack but it seems to be getting stronger.

Snow layers and snow cover

New windslabs could form on southerly and westerly aspects in the next few days. Windslabs are now on most aspects after variable winds. Avalanche danger could increase on Wednesday when temperatures rise. Snowpit from Hlíðarfjall on Friday showed a steep tempertarue gradient in the uppermost layers. There are indications that a weak layer of faceted crystals is becoming stronger. An extended column test showed a fracture between windslabs, ECTN12, which did not propagate across the column. No large or natural avalanches have been reported.

Recent avalanches

Two small slab avalanches were seen in Hlíðarfjall last Monday, at least one of them was triggered by a skier.

Weather forecast

Snowfall on Sunday during light winds but increasing wind on Monday, first from the north then from the east, 3-13 m/s. Stronger easterly wind on Tuesday and mainly dry. Low arrives on Wednesday with strong winds and rising temperatures.

Forecast made: 26 Mar 19:03 GMT. Valid until: 27 Mar 19:00 GMT.

Avalanche Danger Scale

Very high


About the bulletin

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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