Avalanche forecast for Hardanger Wednesday 2019-02-13


Temperature rise may give some wet sluffs below approx. 1100 m a.s.l. Moderate gale from W, and some snow, will form storm slabs at higher altitudes. Persistent week layers in the snow pack may in some cases lead to slab avalanches, caused by snow melt at low altitudes or loading at higher altitudes.

New snow (slab avalanches)

Buried weak layer of new snow

Avoid terrain traps and steep slopes until the new snow has stabilized. The avalanche problem is generally widely distributed on any steep slope with deep new snow. Look for cohesive new snow that breaks apart or is poorly bonded to the old snow. Cracks around your skis are a typical dangersign.
3 - Large
Spontaneous release
Some steep slopes

Wet snow (loose snow avalanches)

Loose snow

Avoid avalanche release and run out areas. Wet snow avalanches tend to release spontaneously. Timing is important. Stability decreases when the snow surface gets wet and soft.
2 - Medium
Spontaneous release
Many steep slopes

Persistent weak layer (slab avalanches)

Buried weak layer of faceted snow above a crust

Avoid skiing in avalanche terrain (steep terrain more than 30 degrees and in runout zones). NB, remote triggering is likely. Make very conservative route choices, especially in unknown terrain, after snowfall and if temperatures rise. Identifying areas where the weak layer is present might be difficult and requires experience. Danger signs are whoumpf-sounds, cracking and recent avalanches. However, absence of signs does not mean it is safe.
3 - Large
High additional load
Some steep slopes

What are avalanche problems?

4 mm precipitation, up to 12 mm in the most exposed areas.
Moderate gale from west., change to fresh breeze from the southwest.
-6 °C to -1 °C at 1400 m a.s.l.
Plus degrees up to 1100 m a.s.l. during the evening.

For updated info, please visit yr.no
10 mm precipitation, up to 20 mm in the most exposed areas.
Strong breeze from northwest., change to moderate gale from the southwest during the afternoon.
-9 °C to -3 °C at 1400 m a.s.l.
Plus degrees up to 900 m a.s.l. during the evening.

For updated info, please visit yr.no

The bulletin does not include a detailed text about the avalanche conditions. This is only given in Norwegian. Translate it using google translate if you like. The text result will be informative, and most likely amusing

For planning your trip and recognizing avalanche terrain, use maps.

Norway has 1:50 000 maps for the whole country. Maps can be bought at bookstores and sports shops, or printed from the net.

Visit www.ut.no for topographic maps online. For slope angle maps, see NGI slope angel maps ("helning" means slope angle).

Modelled snowpack and historic and current weather information can be found on the webpage senorge.no. This site uses information from the weather stations and interpolate values from the stations for gridded maps.

Detailed weather forecast can be found online at www.yr.no or www.storm.no. Yr.no is also in English, but the weather in text format is only given in Norwegian.