Avalanche Danger In The Countryside - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Avalanche Danger In The Countryside

Published December 28, 2013

There is an increased risk of avalanches in some parts of Iceland, and many roads are dangerously icy. Travellers are advised to exercise caution.
Civil Protection in Iceland announced today that there is a high risk of avalances in the northern parts of the Westfjords, around the Tröllaskagi peninsula, and in east Iceland. Avalanches are reportedly especially likely in the Westfjords.
Drivers out in the countryside today are also advised to show great caution on the road. Icy conditions have been reported throughout the Westfjords and across south Iceland.
The Met Office forecasts heavy snowfall throughout the country, especially the southern portion, with percipitation tapering off by midday Sunday. High winds are also expected tonight along the south coast, lasting until Monday morning.
Avalanches are fairly common in Iceland, especially in the steeply mountainous northwest. Several avalanches have already been reported in the region in this month alone.


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