Avalanche bulletin - Eyjafjörður (experimental)

  • Sat Jan 28

    Moderate danger
  • Sun Jan 29

    Moderate danger
  • Mon Jan 30

    Moderate danger

Snow seems stable in most places although a weak layer may be found in some places under hard snow. Wind slabs may form over the weekend in S winds which tunr into N winds on Sunday.

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

Avalanche problems in the area

Depth hoar was observed in Hlíðarfjall on Wednesday and is likely to be found in specific locations where warming and rain has not affected it. In the freeze thaw cycles over the last days a thick, hard shell has formed and it is unlikely that people will trigger avalanches.

Wind slabs are expected to form over the weekend and are likely to become a problem on Sunday or Monday. Snow showers from S and W may form wind slabs on N aspects but when winds shift to N on Sunday they will start forming on S aspects.

Snow layers and snow cover

Snow is considered rather stable after melt-freeze cycles. Old weaknesses are still present in places but at considerable depth and under a hard slab. A snow pit from Hlíðarfjall on Wednesday shows a weak layer of depth hoar, underneath stiff and stable snow. This weak layer is expected to have broken down in most places due to thaw but the freeze-thaw cycles may not have affected this layer everywhere. It is, however, unlikely that people can trigger avalanches on this layer, but if it happens, the avalanches can be large. New wind slabs may form on Friday and Saturday in lee from S-W winds, and on S aspects on Sunday when the wind shifts to the North.

Recent avalanches

No avalanches have been recorded since the warming las weekend.

Weather forecast

Decreasing wind on Friday night. S 5-13 on Saturday with some snow showers but warming in the afternoon with sleet or rain in lowlands. Snow showers and cooling on Sunday.

Forecast made: 27 Jan 14:49 GMT. Valid until: 28 Jan 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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