Route 1 Partially Closed Due to Difficult Weather Conditions
Route 1, the main ring road around the country, has been partially closed in South Iceland due to weather, Rúv reports. The route is closed from Hvolsvöllur to Vík, as well as between Núpsstaðir and Kvísker.
A yellow weather alert has been released from the Icelandic Met Office for South Iceland as well as parts of South East Iceland. Easterly winds between 18-25 metres per second are forecast. Gusts of wind are expected to reach 50 metres per second next to mountains. The sharpest winds are below Eyjafjöll mountains in Mýrdal (close to Vík) and in Öræfi (east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur). The storm climaxed this morning and will remain near climax until noon. The Met Office expects it to subside later today, at around 16:00 in South Iceland and 20:00 in South East Iceland.
Highways are expected to be troublesome due to slippery ice. In places, snow and sludge cover the roads.
Travellers are advised to proceed with caution, and follow updates on the Icelandic Met Office’s website.