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Blizzard and Avalanche Risk in West Fjords

By Iceland Review

A blizzard is raging on all mountain passes in the West Fjords and on the roads leading to Flateyri and Suðureyri. The driving conditions are poor around Reykhólar in the southern part of the region and along Ísafjarðardjúp in the north. The roads under the mountainsides Súðavíkurhlíð and Kirkjubólshlíð are closed due to avalanche risk.

Houses have been evacuated in Patreksfjörður and Tálknafjörður in the western West Fjords and the emergency level is still in effect. An uncertainty level has been announced due to avalanche risk elsewhere in the region, Vísir reports.

A truck driver who had been stuck in his vehicle on Kleifarheiði in the West Fjords for 14 hours was picked up by search and rescue last night. The man was in good condition because his truck was well-equipped and had a bunk bed.

The snowstorm is expected to reach other parts of the country later today.

Currently, roads in South and West Iceland are slippery or covered in snow. There are poor driving conditions across Mosfellsheiði and Lyngdalsheiði. The mountain pass across Fróðárheiði on Snæfellsnes peninsula is impassable.

Öxnadalsheiði mountain pass, part of Ring Road 1 in North Iceland, is barely passable. Ring Road 1 across Möðrudalsöræfi in the northeast is impassable, along with the roads across Hólasandur, Hófaskarð and Hálsar.

In East Iceland, the mountain passes across Vopnafjarðarheiði, Fjarðarheiði and Vatnsskarð eystra are impassable. Otherwise, roads in the region are slippery or covered in snow.

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