The Icelandic Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for four regions in the country: the Westfjords, the North West region, the Eastern coastal areas and the East fjords.
In all four areas, windy and snowy conditions are expected today. “It has snowed and will snow in cold air with light snow which blows easily and reduces visibility,” the Met Office warns. Road conditions in these regions are deteriorating and travellers are advised to show caution and keep on monitoring weather and avalanche forecasts. The severe weather conditions are expected to last until tonight.
The Met Office has also updated its avalanche bulletin, since considerable new snow has accumulated in Tröllaskagi peninsula in North Iceland, in the past hours. There is now “considerable danger” of avalanches in the area, which corresponds to an orange warning on the avalanche danger scale. RÚV has reported that the road through Víkurskarð has been closed due to danger of avalanches.
Temperatures are below zero in all regions, including the capital area. Warmer weather is expected on New Year’s Eve, with an increased chance of precipitation in the capital.