Avalanche bulletin - Northern Westfjords

  • Sat May 18

    Moderate danger
  • Sun May 19

    Moderate danger
  • Mon May 20

    Moderate danger

A little snowfall is forecasted in mountains this weekend. It may bond poorly to underlying moist snow and unstable slabs can form.

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

Avalanche problems in the area

Weaknesses may form between new snow that falls this weekend and underlying moist snow.

On Monday due to warming temperatures and rain.

Snow layers and snow cover

During the week, snow was in spring conditions, moist and homogeneous. It should stiffen on Saturday with cooling temperatures and some new snow is expected on top. Small slabs can form in mountains and weaknesses between the new and old snow. Rather thin slab avalanches may release, naturally triggered or by humans. On Monday, warming weather and rain can trigger wet loose avalanches.

Recent avalanches

A skier triggered a wet avalanche in Botnsdalur in a steep slope Wednesday May 8th.

Weather forecast

Cooling on Saturday with N-NE wind and a little snowfall in mountains. Wind picking up from the E and NE on Sunday. Warming a bit on Monday with rain, at least in lowlands.

Forecast made: 17 May 13:30 GMT. Valid until: 20 May 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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