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Meteorologists Undecided about White Christmas

Meteorologists at the Icelandic Met Office cannot predict with any certainty whether Christmas in Iceland will be ‘white’ or ‘red’ just yet—there is uncertainty in the charts. In the past 18 years, the capital has in 56 percent of cases been graced with a cover of snow in the morning of Christmas Day.

snowrvk02-250112_pkPhoto by Páll Kjartansson.

After the frost and calm of the last few days, temperatures are forecast to rise and precipitation is predicted widely around the country. On Christmas Eve, a strong wind from the east or northeast is possible, accompanied by rain and sleet or snowfall in the north, Fréttablaðið reports.

Meteorologists won’t predict with any certainty whether it will snow over the holidays but due to unstable weather it may be more likely that Christmas will be white.

Akureyri in North Iceland has experienced a white Christmas in 61 percent of cases in the past 18 years. In Bolungarvík in the West Fjords, the ratio is the same as in Reykjavík, or 56 percent. In Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the south, Christmas has been white in 50 percent of cases since 1994.

Click here to read about recent excessive snowfall in Akureyri.

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