The yellow weather alert issued by the Icelandic Met Office for today has been upgraded to orange in most of the country. Locals and tourists are discouraged from travelling due to gale-force winds and heavy precipitation in the form of rain or snow that will make roads treacherous. Residents are encouraged to secure outdoor furniture and belongings.
Wind gusts will reach speeds of up to 28 metres per second in South and West Iceland today as well as the Westfjords, with strong gusts expected by mountains and high buildings. Winds will reach up to 30 metres per second in the Central Highland and at least 23 metres per second in all other regions. Snow, sleet, and slippery conditions are expected on mountain roads.
In the west of the country, weather conditions will worsen until late afternoon today and will begin improving by this evening. Northeast Iceland will continue to experience extreme conditions throughout Wednesday as the low front moves eastward across the country.