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“No Travel Weather,” Icelandic Met Office Stresses

The Icelandic Met Office warns of continuing storms around the country this afternoon and through the evening but expects the weather to improve tomorrow. Until then, conditions are not favourable to travelling. The Met expects another low-pressure area to move through Iceland on Sunday.

Nearly all of Iceland is currently experiencing winter conditions. Many roads have been closed, and domestic flights have been delayed. Early this morning, the wind blew a public bus into the Reykjavík pond and shattered nearly all of the windows on a farmstead near Eyjafjöll. Cars “froze to the road” by Núpar near Kirkjubæjaklaustur in South Iceland. The shelves in local grocery stores and shops in Flateyri are also noticeably empty, owing to road closures.

As indicated on the Met Office’s web site, an orange weather alert will be in effect in the Westfjords, in North-West Iceland, and Breiðafjörður until tomorrow morning. Meanwhile, a yellow weather alert is in effect for the rest of the country – except the Greater Reykjavík Area.

The Icelandic Met Offce (screenshot) The Icelandic Met Office

The Icelandic Met Office stresses that the conditions are not favourable to travelling, with poor visibility and snowdrift.

In a conversation with Iceland Review at just past noon today, a meteorologist at the Met Office noted that while Reykjanesbrautin (the road leading from the Greater Reykjavík Area to Keflavík Airport) and Kjalarnesið (the road leading north from the Reykjaík Area) remain open, conditions are liable to change quickly. Although the weather will begin improving tomorrow morning, another low is expected to pass over Iceland next Sunday.

Travellers are encouraged to monitor conditions on Safetravel.is.

Safetravel.is (screenshot) Safetravel

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