Avalanche bulletin - Southwest corner (experimental)

  • Sat Mar 06

    Moderate danger
  • Sun Mar 07

    Moderate danger
  • Mon Mar 08

    Moderate danger

Little snow in the area in general, and older snow is considered rather stable. Where fresh snow sits on older snow in upper parts of mountains, unstable slabs may be found. If seismic activity on Reykjanes peninsula moves eastwards it could trigger avalanches in upper parts of mountains.

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

Avalanche problems in the area

Where fresh snow is on top of older snow in uppermost part of mountains. If the seismic activity in Reykjanes peninsula moves eastwards, it may trigger avalanches.

Due to solar radiation or warm weather.

Snow layers and snow cover

Little snow in general in the forecasting area. Older snow has been through multiple melt-freeze cycles and is considered rather stable. Some precipitation was in southerly winds on Tuesday and Wednesday, snowfall in mountain tops but rain lower down. Slabs may have formed in NW-NE facing slopes. Where fresh snow sits on top of older snow, it might be unstable.

Recent avalanches

No new avalanches have been recorded, however, cornice collapses were observed by Kleifarvatn last week, in the beginning of the seismic swarm in Reykjanes peninsula.

Weather forecast

A little precipitation the night before Saturday, rain to mountain tops. Continuing warm weather. A little precipitation on Monday, possible snowfall in mountain tops.

Forecast made: 05 Mar 19:03 GMT. Valid until: 06 Mar 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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