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Travelers in Blizzard Saved, Weather Warning in Iceland

Search and rescue squad Dagrenning from Hólmavík in the West Fjords picked up 17 stranded travelers on three jeeps on Steingrímsfjarðarheiði on Sunday night after a snowstorm hit the mountain pass.

snow-akureyri-dec09_esaArchive photo from Akureyri. Photo: Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir/Iceland Review.

The jeeps had to be left behind but three others could follow the search and rescue trucks to town. Of the 17 people, nine were children, the youngest two-years old. Most of the individuals had been coming from a sports tournament in Reykjavík, ruv.is reports.

They managed to drive down the pass safely and the people were home at around 3 pm. Kristján Tryggvason, vice-chair of Dagrenning, stated the people had reacted correctly by calling for assistance and waiting in their cars.

The Icelandic Meteorological Office issued a warning this morning for continued storm from the north and northeast with snowfall in all regions except South Iceland. The temperature forecasts are for -4 to -12°C (25-10°F).

Most mountain roads in West Iceland, the West Fjords, North and East Iceland are impassable. It has snowed heavily in Akureyri and driving conditions are poor in town. However, domestic flights will probably take place as scheduled.

For updates on flights, go to: airiceland.is, for road conditions: vegagerdin.is, and weather: vedur.is. Also check out safetravel.is.

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