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Iceland Warned: Expect More Extreme Weather Tonight and Tomorrow

A storm which caused disruption and closed roads in many parts of Iceland has now died down, though not for long. “This is far from being over,” warns meteorologist Birta Líf Kristinsdóttir; adding that it is due to get windy again later on today.

The windiest lowland location last night was Æðey island in the Westfjords, with winds of 35.5 meters per second (128 km/h / 79 mph), gusting to over 40 (144 km/h / 89 mph).

The Icelandic Meteorological Office is warning of winds at 20-28 meters per second (72-101 km/h or 45-63 mph) late this evening, first in the far north and then stormy conditions over the whole country by tomorrow—especially in the northwest and west of the country, RÚV reports.

Tomorrow will bring high winds across all of Iceland and heavy rain in the south and southeast. It is also expected to bring heavy snowfall to the northwest.

Parts of Iceland are still very windy this morning from last night’s weather and many roads outside the capital region remain obstructed by snow and ice. Internal flights are running as normal so far today, however.

Several drivers have been caught out by icy and windy conditions on Reykjanesbraut this morning, with emergency services assisting vehicles that had come off the road. Reykjanesbraut is the main road from the capital region to Keflavík and the international airport.

A pontoon of small fishing boats also took an unexpected trip in the storm, as winds released the pontoon from Akranes Harbor and the boats all floated off together. It is not known yet how much damage this caused, but harbor staff and search & rescue workers managed to re-fasten the pontoon.

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