The risk of an avalanche has increased around the towns of Ísafjörður and Patreksfjörður in the Westfjords, reports the Icelandic Met Office. As a lot of snow has accumulated, numerous avalanches have been released, with a red alert forecasted for Northern Westfjords.
Due to the risk of avalanches in Patreksfjörður, 8 residential houses have been evacuated. A total of 28 residents left their homes temporarily, with the majority staying with friends or family. The Icelandic Red Cross will accommodate the other 10 residents.
An emergency level threat has also been declared in Ísafjörður. Several farms have been evacuated in the area, including the household waste reception center.
Roads are icy and slippery all over the country, with some areas being closed completely. We strongly recommend avoiding unnecessary travel to dangerous areas. Stay updated with the latest weather and road conditions here.
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