Avalanche bulletin - Northern Westfjords

  • Sat Jan 16

    Moderate danger
  • Sun Jan 17

    Moderate danger
  • Mon Jan 18

    Considerable danger

The snow has been gaining strength. Stiff windslabs high in mountains on top of old crust. Northerly winds and snowfall next several days.

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

Avalanche problems in the area

Snow layers and snow cover

Last week it snowed in light winds but then strong NW-NE winds created thin windslabs high in the mountains but loose snow in valleys. Old crust is also widespread at the surface in the mountains. The snow has been gaining strenght in mild temperatures lately. Some accumulation of fresh snow in light N-winds this weekend but stiff NE-snowstorm on Monday.

Recent avalanches

Small slab released in Botnsdalur this week. Few small avalanches fell in Súðavíkurhlíð during Northerly snowstorm last weekend.

Weather forecast

Light northerly winds and some snowfall this weekend but sleet at lowlands. Stronger NE-winds, increased snowfall and cooling temperatures on Monday.

Forecast made: 15 Jan 14:51 GMT. Valid until: 18 Jan 15:00 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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