Westerly and southwesterly gale force winds will blow across Iceland today, reaching speeds of 28 metres per second in some regions. The Icelandic Met Office has issued yellow and orange weather alerts across the country. The storm front will move eastward throughout the day and weather is expected to improve this evening in West Iceland and early tomorrow morning in the east of the country.
The winds will carry both rain and snow, as temperatures are expected to hover just above freezing throughout the country. Snowfall is expected across most of the country today, including the west, northwest, and eastern regions. Wind speeds will range between 20-28 metres per second in most regions, though gusts can reach speeds of 38 metres per second in West Iceland today.
Under Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers in South Iceland, gusts are expected to exceed 40 metres per second. Travel is not advised.