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Return of the Icelandic winter

Christmas in Iceland was not white, but snow is now falling again, causing accidents and providing good skiing conditions.

Due to heavy snowfall, driving conditions in Reykjavík were extremely poor yesterday. Police said traffic had been moving very slowly due to poor visibility and slippery roads. Fréttabladid reports.

By 8 pm last night, 45 collisions had been reported to police in Reykjavík. No injuries were reported.

In Akureyri in northeast Iceland heavy snowfall has created good skiing conditions at the local skiing area Hlídarfjall, and this might be a record-breaking season.

Gudmundur Karl Jónsson, director of Hlídarfjall, told Fréttabladid that the skiing area has been opened for 40 days this winter, and if snow continues to fall the mountain might break its 134 day record.

The skiing areas in Ísafjördur in the Westfjords and Seydisfjördur in the Eastfjords are also open, but the two skiing areas near the capital, Bláfjöll and Skálafell are not ready yet. Fridjón Árnason, manager of the capital skiing areas, told Fréttabladid that he hoped they could open soon.

Temperatures will rise slightly and be at freezing point in Reykjavík and the nearby area during the weekend, but on Monday it will get colder again.

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