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Avalanche in Iceland February 2014.
Photo: Avalanche in Iceland February 2014. .

Road Reopens Following Three Avalanches

Three avalanches fell on the road between Ísafjörður and Súðavík in the Westfjords yesterday. The avalanches occurred after the road had been closed by police and the Road Administration in consultation with the Icelandic Met Office. The road was reopened this morning, though snow clearing continues.

The road, known as Súðavíkurhlíð, was closed yesterday morning at 8.00am by authorities after considerable snowfall in the area and poor visibility. Though it has been reopened, one section of the road is only a single lane wide. Travellers in the area are asked to be aware and show workers consideration as they continue to clear snow to widen the road.

The avalanche risk level for the area is expected to remain at “considerable danger” for the next several days. Those planning on travelling in the area are asked to stay updated on weather conditions on the Road and Coastal Administration’s website or by calling the information line 1777.

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