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Roads in Iceland closed due to bad weather

Several roads outside the capital area have remained closed since yesterday due to blizzard. In the Westfjords avalanches block the roads. Emergency services ask people not to travel unless it is of vital importance.

The mountain roads across Holtavörduheidi, north of Reykjavík, and Hellisheidi, south of Reykjavík, are impassible. A number of cars are stuck in snowdrifts. Fréttabladid reports.

The emergency services are busy trying to rescue stranded motorists and four have been brought to the hospital after severe traffic accidents.

The road over Kirkjubólshlíd, between Ísafjördur and Súdavík in the Westfjords, is blocked by three avalanches that have fallen on the road and cannot be cleared due to risk of further avalanches.

A worker at the Iceland Road Administration, Gudbjartur B. Ólafsson, was hit by one of the avalanches when he was trying to clear the road on Saturday. His vehicle was buried in the avalanche, but he managed to get out on his own, as Morgunbladid reports.

The weather conditions in north and east Iceland are also considered dangerous for motorists and they are asked not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

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