Rumble! Roar!! Crash!!!
It’s three a clock in the night. A tremendous noise that shook the house had just waked me up. An earthquake?
No, it was a roof avalanche. It’s the time of the year when temperatures rise and vary between frost and thaw. This causes the snow to partly slide down the roof until all of a sudden large parts of the snow cover can fall down with an enormous crash. And since the snow layer had been frozen over the night this type of snow avalanche would not bury you, it would knock you out or even worse.
There are much larger roof avalanches than the small one on the photo. Yesterday a facebook friend experienced a roof avalanche home. We wrote about 20 to 30 m³ having slid down with blocks weighing between 40 and 150 kilos!
So if you see a sign in the street with the word snöras just give that place a wide berth to protect yourself.