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White Christmas in Iceland?

Meteorologists find it likely that the ground will be white in most parts of the country mid-next week, although it is difficult to forecast the weather so far ahead in time and if a front comes in from the south, the forecast for Christmas Eve can change quickly.

Will Iceland experience a white Christmas this year? Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Sibylle von Löwis, meteorologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told Morgunbladid that snowfall is expected in north and east Iceland next weekend and a depression southwest of the country might bring snow to south and west Iceland on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

“The latest forecasts show northeasterly wind and clear weather in Reykjavík with temperatures around freezing point on Christmas Eve,” von Löwis said.

“If the front extends into the country it might be followed by sleet or rain, but the way things look right now it appears that there will be snow in the north and at least a thin covering of snow in the southwest,” she predicted.

In the past few days temperatures have been unusually high in Iceland.

The website of the Icelandic Meteorological Office reveals that since 1921, Reykjavík has seen 37 completely white Christmas Days at 9 am, including the last two. The ground has been spotty on 16 Christmas Days and completely void of snow in 30 cases.

In the morning of Christmas Day in 1982, the blanket of snow measured 29 centimeters.

Weather forecasts can be followed on the website of the Icelandic Meteorological Office.

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