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Trapped by snow

When the inhabitants of Reykjavík looked out the window on Sunday morning, they were in for a surprise – a thick blanket of snow covered the streets of the capital.

According to Morgunbladid, machines from the Icelandic Road Administration and the City of Reykjavík started clearing the capital’s main roads at 6 am, but others were still blocked yesterday evening.

Some people had left their cars in snowdrifts where they had gotten stuck, which delayed clearing the roads. Close to 20 accidents could be traced to the sudden snowfall.

Reykjavík’s rescue services were busy with attending to the almost 200 calls that reached the services’ helpline from 3 am to 4.30 pm yesterday.

Kristín Hermannsdóttir of the Icelandic Meteorological Center told Morgunbladid that snowfall had been forecast, so it should not have come as a surprise to anyone. But, she added, so much snow had not been expected.

Hermannsdóttir said it will be sunny but frosty the next few days, and the snow is staying.

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