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Strong Gale Warning

The Icelandic Met Office has issued a strong gale warning (wind speed in excess of 20 m/sec) in most parts of Iceland today and in the southeast tomorrow. There will be moderate snowfall in the north and east, causing blizzard conditions, especially on mountain roads. Sleet on the east coast. Partly cloudy in the south, with a chance of minor snow showers.

Later today, winds from the north, 20-28 m/sec, will blow south of Vatnajökull glacier, increasing the likelihood of blowing sand. Extreme wind gusts are forecast in that area. Temperatures will range from 0˚ to 4˚ C (32˚-39˚ F).

Strong, northerly winds will persist tomorrow, Friday, with snow in the north and east, but wind speed and precipitation will decrease significantly on Saturday afternoon.

The Icelandic Road Adminstration warns of blowing snow and next to no visibility in some areas. In the southern part of Snæfellsnes peninsula, there are now wind gusts of up to 40 m/sec. Mosfellsheiði and Lyngdalsheiði mountain roads in the southwest have been closed.

Many mountain roads in the west are impassable, and those in the north and east are getting difficult to pass.

You can follow the weather forecast on and road conditions on

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