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Storm Warning in Iceland, White Christmas Likely

The Icelandic Meteorological Office has issued a warning of a storm which is expected to blow across the country’s southern and western regions this evening and during the night.

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Archive photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The wind direction is expected to be easterly and of a speed of 13-18 meters per second and be accompanied by sleet or snowfall and later rain in south Iceland today, ruv.is reports.

The wind will be calmer in the north where snowfall is forecast in the afternoon with sleet or rain in the evening. The temperature is expected to rise temporarily.

Tonight the wind direction is forecast to turn and blow in from the west at a speed of 15-23 meters per second for some time this evening and during the night, before weakening.

According to mbl.is, two depressions are approaching the country, causing the changeable weather, and are expected to hit tonight and on Christmas Eve.

The weather is forecast to be calmer and cooler tomorrow and on Friday. Commuters are reminded to pay attention to weather forecasts and road conditions (check vedur.is and vegagerdin.is).

Meteorologists concluded yesterday that the periods of thaw this week are unlikely to melt away all the snow and so Icelanders will probably be in for a white Christmas.

Click here to read more about speculations about the prospects for a white or red Christmas.

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