Avalanche bulletin - Northern Westfjords

  • Mon Jan 17

    Considerable danger
  • Tue Jan 18

    Moderate danger
  • Wed Jan 19

    Moderate danger

New snow has accumulated in the forecasting area this weekend, but chances of wet avalanches increase on Monday in thaw and considerable rain.

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

New snow has accumulated in the forecasting area during the weekend and windslabs have formed in most aspects in high elevations. Older snow there below is considered stable. A snowpit form Saturday in Kistufell by Ísafjörður showed layered snow with lose new snow on top of stiffer windslab, stability tests showed no failure but there is a weak layer in the snowpack. Heavy rain is forecasted in the area on Monday, that reaches mountain elevations and therefore increasing the likelihood of wet avalanche activity. New snow is expected on Tuesday with colder weather.

Recent avalanches

Updated 17.1. at 11:40: An avalanche fell over the road Eyrarhlíð the night before Monday. Multiple avalanches have released in Súðavíkurhlíð, and a few of them have run over the road. An avalanche fell above the stables in Syðridalur and another over the road Spillir.

Weather forecast

Strong SW wind, considerable rain and temperature up to 7 degrees C on Monday, with rain in mountain elevation. Turns to west wind on Tuesday and later N-wind, becoming colder and showers of snow. Light wind and cold weather on Wednesday.

Forecast made: 17 Jan 11:43 GMT. Valid until: 17 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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