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Avalanche Risk and Slippery Roads in Iceland

A level of uncertainty due to avalanche risk now only remains in central North Iceland. It has been lifted in the northern and southern West Fjords and in Hofsós, Northwest Iceland.

snow-landscape_psPhoto: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Parts of the town had to be evacuated but people have now been able to return to their homes, ruv.is reports.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office decided this morning to cancel evacuation and lift the danger level announced yesterday for Zone 9 in Ísafjörður and the farms Veðrará and Fremri-Breiðidalur in the West Fjords, mbl.is reports.

A number of avalanches have fallen on roads in the West Fjords and North Iceland, blocking the road along Ísafjarðardjúp and between Dalvík and Ólafsfjörður, among other locations. They have now been cleared.

There is an extensive amount of snow in the mountains and travelers are asked to be careful when entering areas known for avalanche risk. It can prove particularly dangerous to drive skidoos up steep slopes.

According to the Icelandic Road Administration, road conditions are currently slippery across the country and particularly in the capital region.

Click here to read yesterday’s story about snowfall and avalanche risk and here to view a photograph of the passage cut through the snow from an avalanche which fell on the road to Ólafsfjörður..

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