Avalanche bulletin - Northern Westfjords

  • Mon Apr 15

    Moderate danger
  • Tue Apr 16

    Moderate danger
  • Wed Apr 17

    Moderate danger

Wind slabs continue to form in N-NE snowdrift. Weak layers exist in the snowpack, even though most places they don´t seem very touchy.

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

Snow has been added in three storms, in mid March, during Easter and after last weekend. Snowdrift has been ongoing in N and NE winds. There has not been any thaw, so thick wind slabs have formed in gullies and leesides of mountains. They are considered rather stable in most places, but if avalanches would release they might become large. People travelling in steep slopes and gullies might trigger avalanches, especially where the weaknesses are shallow, i.e. in convex landscape features and around cliffs or rocks. Snowpit from the area confirms the presence of weak layers in the snowpack.

Recent avalanches

Couple of small avalanches in Kirkjubólshlíð, NW-aspect, fell this week. A small slab avalanche also fell from Skollahvilft above Flateyri.

Weather forecast

NE winds with occasional snowfall in the mountains on Monday. It gets more calm on Tuesday but chances are of minor snowfall in the southern side of the Westfjords.

Forecast made: 14 Apr 13:11 GMT. Valid until: 15 Apr 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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