Avalanche bulletin - Northern Westfjords

  • Thu Dec 07

    Moderate danger
  • Fri Dec 08

    Moderate danger
  • Sat Dec 09

    Moderate danger

New snow fell on Tuesday in mild winds and some instability could be present in the snowpack. Small loose avalanches have been falling in the mountains. Snow also fell on Sunday in NE-winds where wind-slabs could have formed.

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

Avalanche problems in the area

New snow from Tuesday could be unstable.

Snow could have drifted high in the mountains after the snowfall in NE winds on Sunday.

Snow layers and snow cover

Snow melted last weekend in warm temperatures but some new snow fell this week. Some snowfall occured on Sunday in NA-winds that was detected on snowdepth meters. This could have resulted in wind-slabs forming in southwestern sides of the mountains. Early on Tuesday, 10-15 cm of new snow fell in mild E-winds. This new snow can somewhere be up to knee deep in the mountains and instability could be present in gullies and depressions. Freezing temperatures with no precipitation in the next days.

Recent avalanches

Many small loose avalanches have been seen close to Bolungarvík in Mærðarhorn, Hádegisfjall and Heiðnafjall in western facing hills.

Weather forecast

Eastern winds and no precipitation in the next days. No wind on Friday. Temperatures ranging from -4 to -7 but colder up in the mountains.

Forecast made: 06 Dec 18:05 GMT. Valid until: 08 Dec 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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