A blizzard struck Southwest Iceland this morning and, coupled with slippery conditions, resulted in 16 cars running off the road on the Þrenglsi pass, between Reykjavík and the South Iceland villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki.
The poor weather conditions are expected to continue throughout most of the day with squalls of up to 35 m/s at Kjalarnes north of Reykjavík. The roads across Þrengsli and Hellisheiði, leading to South Iceland, are now closed, as well as the road below Hafnarfjall mountain to the north, ruv.is reports.
On other roads, such as between Reykjavík and Keflavík International Airport, visibility is poor and drivers are urged to drive with care. In West and North Iceland the weather is equally dismal and people are advised not to be on the road.
In North Iceland the weather will continue to deteriorate with the wind speed reaching 18-23 m/s at noon. In the West Fjords, which was struck by a snowstorm last night and where a storm is still raging, the weather is expected to improve later in the day.
In East Iceland roads are slippery and covered in snow.